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As extracted from the archives of the Chicago Tribune, that article noting the arrival of the Russian naval squadrons in American waters and the warm reception. Thanks to Stephan Benzkofer for his kind assistance.
"FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1863."
"BANQUET TO THE RUSSIAN OFFICERS."
"Speeches of the Russian Admiral."
"RUSSIA GREETS THE UNITED STATES."
"SPEECH OF THE RUSSIAN ADMIRAL."
"No less true to our hearts the feelings of sympathy and friendship which American citizens have manifested to us (cheers.) I assure you gentlemen, that from the beginning of these difficulties of yours, our people have followed with interest, and at the same time with sorrow, the trials through which you are passing: but we expect that the talents and energy of the heroes who have already made themselves immortal will save your country. (Applause.) I propose the health of the person to whom the American people have entrusted at this time their future. Let us gentlemen, drink to the health of the President of the United States."
Admiral Lisovski and his counter-part in San Francisco having SEALED orders only to be opened in case of further and expanding warfare, the parties of the United States, the Confederacy, France, England and Russian involved. Russia AS AN ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES!
Such an event did not transpire, but it COULD HAVE!