Thursday, April 17, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - December 25, 1861

Christmas night [1861]

The Yankee Government has decided to return Mason and Slidell, so the New York Herald says.

Capt Wilkes captured the Commissioners without the authority of his Government. But the Secretary of the Navy commended him for what he had done in his message to Congress and Congress had publicly approved of it. It will be a national disgrace for them to give the Commissioners up. So go our hopes for peace. We will have to fight it out by ourselves.

Expected Dick to night. His second wedding day had been fixed for tomorrow but we got a telegram this evening saying he could not come.

I feel anxious about Nannie Belle. She has taken cold.

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