Hammond to Under-Secretary of State
August 17, 1868
Sir,
I am directed by Lord Stanley to transmit to you a copy of a despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, forwarding a note from the United States Government relative to the promotion of the officer in Command of the United States troops in San Juan to the rank of Major; and I am to request that you will move His Grace the Duke ofBuckinghamManuscript image Buckingham to inform Lord Stanley whether he is of opinion that any objection should be taken to the officer in question retaining his command.
I am,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
E. Hammond
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Sir F. Rogers
Mr Thorntons answer appears to be the right one, but shall the Admiralty be asked to obtain the opinion of the Admiral on the Station, & the F.O. be informed that the referral has been made.
Mr Thornton has sent the papers to Govr Seymour.
WR 18 Augt
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I wd answer at once that HG has no objection. I doManuscript image not see that the Adml could tell us anything.
FR 19/8
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No objection can be made. If any harm in the Superior rank, the only thing to do would be for us to put a Major there, or the Captain should have Brevet rank.
CBA 21/8
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No objection ought to be made but Admiralty may like to take Measures to place an officer of equal rank or give local rank to their officer.
B&C 22/8
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E. Thornton to Stanley, 3 August 1868, advising of the promotion of Captain Allen and stating that he sees no objection, with enclosures.
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W. Hunter, Acting Secretary, Department of State, to Thornton, 1 August 1868, providing information on the promotion and advising the rank would be retained provided the British Government had no objection.
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Thornton to Hunter, 3 August 1868, advising the matter had been referred to Lord Stanley and stating that, in the meantime, no objection could be seen "provided the rank and file be not augmented beyond the number agreed upon."
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 31 August 1868, advising of the promotion and asking whether an objection should be made, or whether the Admiralty might wish to alter the status of the British commander.
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Mr Cox
See his Graces Minute which was written after the Dfts to F.O. and Govr had been prepared.
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I submit a slight addition to the draft to the F.O. which has already been appd by His Grace.
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Elliot to Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 31 August 1868, stating Buckingham had no objection to the American commander retaining the rank of Major.
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 82, 2 October 1868.
Hammond, Edmund to Adderley, Charles Bowyer 17 August 1868, CO 60:34, no. 9064, 139. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B685FO06.html.

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