Otway to Under-Secretary of State
1 January 1869
I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to transmit to you, to be laid before Earl Granville copy of a note from the Belgian Minister, requesting that a document may be obtained from a person named Verheyden, supposed to be atVictoriaManuscript image Victoria, Vancouver's Island, containing his consent to the marriage of his daughter, or that, if he is dead, a certificate of his death may be procured.
If the required papers can be supplied they should be legalized and the signature attached to them dulyverifiedManuscript image verified and any expences incurred will be repaid by the Belgian Legation.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur Otway
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Sandford
All that can be done is to send a copy of this to the Govr requesting him to do his best to meet the wishes of the Belgian Minister, & to inform F.O.
CC 2/1 69
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Yes. At once.
FRS 2/1
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Baron Du Jardin, Belgian Legation, to Lord Clarendon, Foreign Office, 29 December 1868, making request as per letter (in French).
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Sandford to Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 7 January 1869, advising that Seymour had been instructed to "endeavour to meet the wishes of the Belgian Minister."
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Draft reply, Granville to Seymour, No. 1, 5 January 1869 enclosing the Foreign Office’s letter containing the note from the Belgian Minister and requesting Seymour to comply with the Belgian Minister’s request.