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I would distinguish between active and open support for a civil war party and indirect control over an already established state. In the latter case, the British government would have to pay much less attention to domestic public opinion on slavery. At any rate, Europeans playing "divide and rule" after the completion of secession was an expressed fear of Unionists.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 06:38:27 PM EST
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