The " accrediting " system in the United States was started by the university of Michigan in 1871.
Lord Russells decision, however, seemed to indicate some latent sympath,y for the Southern cause; and the irritation which was felt in the North was increaned by the news that the Southern Stfltes were accrediting two gentlemen to represent them at Paris and at London.
The diplomatist has therefore lost one of his chief functions as an informant of the accrediting government.
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