VISCOUNT RICHARD LYONS SIGNED SLIP, "Lyons", 5.25 x 1.75, British diplomat prominent in American Civil War. As the British Ambassador to the U.S. he figured prominently in the diplomacy to avoid war between the U.S. and Britain. Although convinced until late in the conflict that the Southern secession would succeed he was notably successful in helping to defuse the Trent Affair, triggered by the US seizure of Confederate envoys Mason and Slidell from a British ship in 1862. Lyons had to deal with numerous problems; Among them were the defense of Canada, which he believed would be the first target of a possible attack from the northern states, and the question of cotton supply in Britain from the southern states after Lincoln's decision to order the blockade of the southern coast. From 1867 until 1887, Lyons held another crucial post: ambassador to France. In fine condition.