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This profile was last updated on 5/25/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Mrs. James R. Spence

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Background

Employment History

  • Realtor Associate
    Coldwell Banker
  • Position In Maui Condos Lahaina Realestate Kihei Condos Wailea Properties
    Coldwell Banker
  • Financial Agent
    Confederacy

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    London Independence Association
  • Founder
    The Index
  • Honorary Secretary of the Relief Fund
    Southern Prisoners
Web References
James R. Spence ...
www.islandproperties.com, 25 May 2009 [cached]
James R. Spence R(S) Maui real estate agents of Coldwell Banker Maui condos lahaina realestate kihei condos wailea properties
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James R. Spence R(S)
Office Phone: (808) 669-6565
Jim Spence, Realtor ...
www.rcraig.cburhomes.com, 16 Nov 2007 [cached]
Jim Spence, Realtor Associate
The American Civil War in Liverpool
www.redstarline.org.uk, 13 Mar 2005 [cached]
James Spence
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James Spence was an Iron Merchant and leading businessman, banker, shipper and stockbroker in Liverpool in the 1860's.He openly supported the South and said Liverpool was 'the headquarters of Southern sentiment.'. Spence gave a lot of time and money to help promote the South.For a time he was the Confederacy's financial agent in Europe.He encouraged Hotze to establish The Index, a pro-Confederate newspaper in England and offered his services as an editorial writer free of charge.Spence fell out with Hotze on the issue of slavery.James Spence lived at 32 Falkner Square, Liverpool.
Author of "The American Union; its effect on national character and policy, with an inquiry into secession as a constitutional right, and the causes of the disruption" and "On the recognition of the Southern Confederation".Important propaganda pamphlets promoting the South and critcising the North.
In September 1862 he organised a committee of leading Liverpool gentlemen to press for recognition of the South by the British Government.In June 1863 he expanded from Liverpool to establish Southern Clubs in Oldham, Manchester and Birmingham with the aim of spreading agitation to further the Confederate cause.Spence believed that through agitation British Government policy could be changed, in a similar way to the Corn Law issue.A change in British policy would lead to a change in European policy, France in particular was following Britain's lead in its relations with North and South.
Spence was one of the leading figures in the Confederate loans scheme.A initially successful scheme to raise millions of pounds for the South.
In 1864 Spence was one of the leading figures in establishing the London Independence Association.In 1864 he wrote letters to the Times calling for peace.He tried to popularize the support for the South in the British Public.Spence even wrote to Charles Darwin about the Civil War.
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James Spence was the Honorable Secretary of the Southern Prisoners' Relief Fund, and it's Bazaar in Aid of the Southern Prisoners Relief Fund at St George's Hall.
American Civil War, The Confederate Bazaar at Liverpool
www.americancivilwar.org.uk, 15 Sept 2006 [cached]
The birthplace of the commerce raider CSS Florida, a major port for blockade running, and the scene of frantic speculation in cotton brought out of the beleaguered Confederacy, the fortunes of its large and wealthy merchant class were closely bound up with those of the Southern States. 'Does anyone... who knows Liverpool doubt that the overwhelming balance of sympathy is on the side of the South?' asked the Liverpool Albion in May 1862 (1), while prominent Liverpool businessman James Spence, one of the Confederacy's most active sympathisers, described it as 'the headquarters of Southern sentiment.'
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A letter to the Index, written from Liverpool, almost certainly by James Spence, and published on 6 October 1864, stated confidently that 'The Bazaar which is to be held in this town ... in aid of the Southern Relief Fund promises to be a great success'. Spence was a wealthy tin and iron merchant and cotton broker, who gave freely of his time, energy and money in support of the Confederate cause throughout the War. He was the author of The American Union (1861), regarded as a major instrument of Confederate propaganda, as well as a long series of articles in The Times giving a commentary on the War from a Southern viewpoint, and in 1862 he helped Henry Hotze establish the Index, to which he was an early contributor. For a while he was the Confederacy's financial agent in Europe, and is believed to have been a major investor in the Confederate Cotton Loan. Involved in Southern Independence Associations in Manchester and London, he also organised Southern Clubs in various towns and cities in support of Confederate independence, and in addition was honorary secretary of the Southern Prisoners' Relief Fund.
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Some of the stalls were tended by ladies with recognisable names - Georgia, by Mrs Bulloch, wife of Commander James Bulloch, chief naval purchasing agent in Britain; Mississippi, by Mrs Slidell, wife of John Slidell, Confederate Commissioner in Paris; North Carolina, by Mrs Spence; South Carolina, by Lady Wharncliffe and Mrs Prioleau, wife of Charles Prioleau, treasurer of the Relief Fund, and senior partner in the Liverpool firm of Fraser, Trenholm, bankers to the Confederacy; and Tennessee, by Lady Beresford-Hope.
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Most of the prizes were predictable items like vases, rugs or watches, but they also included Robert E Lee's pipe (won by James Spence), and a Shetland pony, donated by Peter Tait of Limerick, who manufactured uniforms for the Confederate Army.
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The Liverpool Daily Courier pronounced the Bazaar 'a triumphant success', and the Index left its readers in no doubt that the credit should go to James Spence, 'whose indefatigable exertions for weeks in advance wrought out such harmonious results in the arrangements, and whose energy during the week of its operations has been so conspicuous and so unfailing'. (6)
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