A FACE-family-centric (heavily centered around the North America
twins) retelling of the American Civil War, told in 28 parts through
anecdotes, letters, and telegraphs. Rated for language, themes of and
depiction of death, other dark historical themes.
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Tumblr: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
July 5, 1862
? in Washington, D.C. to Arthur Kirkland in London
Dear Sir Arthur Kirkland,
One of the greatest regrets I have in this past year is that in all the turmoil of the present age, (which has, I understand, spread even so far to your side of the Atlantic) I have not, since the revelatory new beginnings of my person, had the chance to meet with you in person. It is therefore quite presumptuous and even rude of me to be sending you this missive now, and I have agonized over the matter for some weeks. For this breach in etiquette, I implore you to accept my sincerest apologies and regrets. Should I have the opportunity, I should love nothing more than to travel to London and make a proper introduction, but as I’m sure you’re aware, current circumstances make this impossible.
In my absence, I have every confidence that Messrs. Mason and Slidell have made a proper representation of me and my people, and of our vision for the future. You and your people are, of course, at the forefront of that vision, as our preeminent trading partner. The British Empire has been our chief partner for decades, and even as the world shifts in wonderful new ways, I see no reason for this to end. On the contrary, it is my hope that our bond may grow stronger with time. Every day, shipping time from Charleston to Southampton grows shorter. Perhaps one day, cotton and tobacco may reach across the Atlantic in less than a week: what a world it would be! I look forward to such a future with desperation, for at the present hour, we are both shackled to the dark reality that is the United States and their disastrous blockade.