Punch,  46 (1864), 91–92.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Proceedings, Drollery


Government, Politics, Military Technology, Steamships, Nutrition

    Reports on the 'smart debate' raised by William R S V Fitzgerald on 'those unfortunate rams' of John Laird (i.e. the ironclads built by Laird for the Confederate government, but seized by the British Government following Union diplomacy). In the debate, Lord Robert A T G Cecil, Hugh M Cairns, and Spencer H Walpole 'went at the iron ships hammer and tongs'. Notes that Thomas Baring pointed out to Laird's defenders that the iron ships were intended for the president of the Confederate states, Jefferson Davis.

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