A tactful native minister, Sir Donald McLean, did the rest.
In his long administration of his latter diocese he was most energetic, tactful and munificent.
She was intelligent and tactful, a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a staunch friend.
Naturally tactful and considerate, he never put difficulties in the way of the responsible ministers.
Great Britain immediately demanded their release, and war for a time seemed imminent; but owing mainly to the tactful diplomacy of the prince consort, Lincoln acknowledged that the seizure of Mason and Slidell was a violation of the rights of Great Britain as a neutral, and on the 1st of January 1862 released the commissioners.