No. 121
21st November 1868
My Lord Duke,
I have had the honor to receive Your Grace's despatch No. 82 of the 2nd October enclosing a correspondence relative to the promotion to therankManuscript image rank of Major of Captain Allen in Command of the United States Troops at San Juan and the propriety of his retaining that Command with his new rank.
2. The case appears to be virtually settled by the Brevet Rank conferred on Captain Delacombe, the English Commandant, as Communicated to me in Your Grace's despatch No. 83 of 2nd October. TheAmericanManuscript image American Garrison is now under the command of Captain Nickerson.
3. I enclose copies of my replies both Public and Confidential to the representations made to me on this subject by Her Majesty's Minister at Washington.
4. The utmost good feeling prevails between the two camps and the Island is making greatprogressManuscript image progress under military law and the absence of taxation. The settlers number between four and five hundred.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Copy to F.O. for information is all that is necessary.
CC 5 Jan 69
FR 6/1
WM 7/1
G 13/1
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See subsequent 123/537 Novr 30, 1868, Confl/834 Dec 14, 1868.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Seymour to Edward Thornton, H.B.M. Minister at Washington, 1 November 1868, regarding the disparity of rank of the British and American commanding officers on San Juan Island.
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Seymour to Thornton, Confidential, 1 November 1868, regarding his recommendations to London on the question.
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 19 January 1869, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.