WHARNCLIFFE MANUSCRIPTS RELATING TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1864-1872: IN THE SHEFFIELD CITY LIBRARY.
East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England: EP Microform, 1975
British records relating to America in microform
Letters to the third Lord Wharncliffe relate to the Confederacy during the Civil War. Lord Wharncliffe, like many aristocratic Englishmen, was a strong southern sympathizer and had business interests in southern cotton. Letters concern the Committee for the Relief of Southern Prisoners of War, chaired by Wharncliffe from 1864 to 1865. In 1864, the committee raised 17,000 pounds for southern prisoners of war held in the North. United States secretary of state, William Seward, refused the money on the grounds that it was unnecessary. Letters to Lord Wharncliffe after this refusal tell of southern hardship and alleged atrocities of the North. Other correspondence concerns the business affairs of Alexander Collie, a blockade-runner during the later stages of the war, and James Spence, a British supporter of the South.