No. 12
28 March 1867
I have had before me your Despatch of the 5th of January last, enclosing your correspondence with Captain Oldfield, the Senior Naval Officer, in reference to a demand which had been made by the Officer in Command of the British Marines at San JuanforManuscript image for a Soldier in the United States Camp who was supposed to be a deserter.
I entirely approve of the spirit of your correspondence with Captain Oldfield, and of the desire exhibited by you and by him to prevent any interruption to the good feeling which had previously obtained between the two camps on San Juan arising from this occurrence.
It is to be regretted that the Officer in Command of the British Detachment of Marines should have made a demand not warrantedbyManuscript image by any subsisting engagements with the United States, and with which it could not be expected that an Officer of a Foreign Power, however well disposed, would comply.
I enclose for your information a copy of a letter which I caused to be addressed on the subject to the Admiralty and a Copy of the answer.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Buckingham & Chandos
Other documents included in the file
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Copy, Elliot to the Secretary to the Admiralty, 22 March 1867, concerning the conduct of Captain Bazalgette regarding a deserter from San Juan.
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Copy, Romaine to Elliot, 23 March 1867, informing of Captain Bazalgette being relieved from command for forcing the surrender of the deserter from San Juan.