[Letter of William Ewert Gladstone to Francis William Newman.*]
11, Carlton House Terrace
Dec. 1, 1862
My dear Sir,
I am sure you will receive indulgently a comment I have to make on a statement in your recent letter on American affairs, published in the Star, touching a matter not of opinion but of fact.
I have never in my knowledge expressed any sympathy with the Southern cause, in any speech at Newcastle or elsewhere, nor have I passed any eulogium on President Davis. In dealings, whether with South or North, I have thought it out of my province to touch in any way the complicated question of praise or blame.
Perhaps I should end here; but I cannot avoid adding, that I think myself a much better friend to the Northern Americans, if it is not presumptuous to use the phrase, than those who have encouraged and are encouraging them to persevere in their hopeless and destructive enterprise. Among these, I of course, assign to you the prominent place, merited alike by your distinguished powers and your undoubted sincerity.
Belief me, my dear Sir, faithfully yours,
W. E. Gladstone.
[*Reprinted from The Morning Star.]