This page of a letter from Major Caleb Huse, arms procurement agent for the Confederate States Army, to Charles K. Prioleau of Fraser, Trenholm & Company, Liverpool merchants and bankers who acted for the Confederacy reads as follows-
'six months armistice and meantime those life preservers at Birkenhead can be finished - so far as getting supplies in or cotton out is concerned, we shall be quite independent of the three great powers.
Col. Maine is I understand, in town, but I have not yet seen him. Wither he is to return'
More information on the letter can be found here and the original, along with some others from our fantastic American Civil War archive collections are on display outside the Archives Centre at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. I'm not convinced I've got the Colonel's name right, any better suggestions?
Lead image: Letter from Major Caleb Huse to Charles K Prioleau, November 1862 (Maritime Archives and Library reference B/TF/BOX1/27).