Eugène Dumez letter, 1863 August 21

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Creator:Dumez, Eugène, 1824-1878
Title:Eugène Dumez letter, 1863 August 21

Letter from Eugène Dumez, Vichy, France, to Henry Vignaud, stating that he is in Vichy on the way to Dijon after having visited lower Burgundy and Berry. He reports that in Vichy he saw Judge Rost of St. Charles Parish, former Confederate commissioner in Europe, and that the latter, while concerned about the Souths recent setbacks, is confident of a successful finish. He states that Rost believes the principal obstacle to Frances recognizing the Confederacy is Englands opposition, especially that of fervent abolitionist Lord Russell. Dumez mentions further that Rost opposes bringing slavery to the bargain table and believes that the Confederacy will be saved if it can hold out for six more months. He wants to know what Vignaud and Louisiana as a whole think on the subject, as Lefranc and the Renaissance are vague in their optimism. He relates hearing that General Banks has softened his hold of New Orleans and wonders if the Estafette will resurface as a result. Regardless, he believes that Lamulonire will give up his retreat to Pointe Coupee. Again Dumez encourages Vignaud to contact Aucaigne, correspondent for the Patrie in New England, whom Lefranc says may be met at the Caf du Jardin des Tuileries. He mentions Rameau and asks if the recipient has seen Lematres brother at the Temps. He hopes to meet up with Olivier, speaker for the opposition, while in Paris en route to America." Dumez extends his regards to the Slidells and gives his address as being with Mr. C. Chambonnire of the Eaux Thermales. In French.

Local identification number: C:66

Types:Letters (correspondence) | Text
Subjects:Vignaud, Henry, 1830-1922 | Aucaigne, Félix, d. 1914 | Rost, Pierre Adolphe, 1797-1868 | Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894 | Confederate States of America--Foreign relations--France | New Orleans (La.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | slavery | race relations and racial attitudes | politics and elections | lit and reading | diplomacy | United States, Louisiana, New Orleans
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
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