Confidential
16 January 1869
My Lord Duke,
With reference to my despatch No. 4 of the 14th instant I would beg leave to say that I should be glad to beinformedManuscript image informed by Your Grace what are the relative positions of the Naval Commander in Chief and of the Governor in regard to the affairs of San Juan during our Military occupation of the North end of the Island.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
YourManuscript image Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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To F.O.
I should think that the F.O. wd say that it was a purely military occupation—& that having protested against "Civil" occupation by the U.S.—vide P.P. 1860 herewith—we could not afford civil occupation ourselves—therefore that the Govr has no authority in San Juan.
But it is rather difficult in that case to say how disorder is to be sup[p]ressed. i.e. Under what lawful authority.
FR 28/2
WM 28/2
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G 11/3
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Rogers to Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 17 March 1869, forwarding copy of the despatch and requesting clarification of roles.
Minutes by CO staff
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I have added a sentence at the end to make it quite clear to the F.O. that we are referring this to them as a matter properly belonging to them—not because we feel any difficulty or think our own officer has any claim to jurisdn.
FR 12/3
Seymour, Frederick to Grenville, Richard 16 January 1869, CO 60:35, no. 2191, 15. 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/B69005CO.html.

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