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Salomon de Rothschild Tours America (1861)

Salomon de Rothschild's Visit to America

In the fall of 1859, Salomon de Rothschild, the son of Baron James de Rothschild of Paris, came to the United States as a tourist. His travels in the North and South were recorded in a series of letters to his cousin Nathaniel in London, which are stored in the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress.

Although Rothschild's visit was as a private tourist and not a business trip for his family's banking firm, he met with prominent personalities and commented intelligently on the issues of the day. His views on the conflict between the North and the South were decidedly pro-Confederate and his letters urged his cousin to use all his family's influence to gain the recognition of the Confederacy by the European powers.

America at the End of an Era
Gossip Political and Social
Carnivals and Railroads
The Politicos, a Lady, and the Prince of Wales
The Rail Splitter and the Cabinetmaker
The Baltimore Incident
The Political Chaos Called a Nomination
The Gentlemen From Japan
Codgers at War and Brothers in Arms
Shakers, Politicians, and Matchmakers
Acrobats of Platform and Tightrope
The British Have Come!
An Armchair Jeremiah Forsees the Destruction
With Buchanan and Lincoln Into the New Year
New Orleans
The Causes of the Civil War
The Private Diplomat Views the War
The Constitutional Question
The Joined Issue Submitted to Arbitrament by War