1850s BRITISH RECRUITING IN THE UNITED STATES a legal folio sized document 51 pages in length printed by parliament as part of an investigation of British recruitment of troops in the United States. Most of the testimony was taken in 1855 and 1856, while England was fighting against Russia in the Crimean War. Despite some denials, the report provides enough eyewitness's testimony, including testimony by British,recruiters who claim to have recruited inside the United States, to make the accusations quite believable. This was not an unusual action on Britain's part. England, being a small country,had a long-standing tradition of recruiting soldiers abroad, including the Germans, or "Hessians", to fight for them in the American Revolution, and the impressment of American seamen leading to the War of 1812..This incident caused a serious worsening of Anglo-American relations when neither country could really afford it, and despite the willingness of some government individuals to escalate tensions, cooler heads prevailed, and action taken on the part of both parties to smooth things over.Except for what seems to be some minor trimming on the right margin of the booklet, it is in excellent condition.
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