Otway to Under-Secretary of State
May 10 1869
With reference to your letter of the 4th Instant, I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to request that you will observe to Earl Granville that His Lordship observes that in communicating to this office Governor Seymour's Despatch of the 4th Ultimo, Lord Granville has not accompanied it by any remark which would lead to an inference that His LordshipseesManuscript image sees reason to dissent from Lord Monck's opinion as to the question of negotiations for a reciprocity Treaty, which was conveyed in the Despatch communicated in your letter of the 6th November last.
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Govr Confl/11700 Canada. See also F.O./1303 B. Columbia.
Assuming, as Lord Clarendon does, that Lord Monck was right in the opinion thus expressed, it seems to His Lordship that it would be still more undesirable at the present moment, and with reference to the hostile feeling in the United States, to attempt the negotiationofManuscript image of such a Treaty with Their Government.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur Otway
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Governor Seymour's despatch was sent to the F.O. merely for information. The F.O. might be told this adding that Lord Clarendon will find from the enclosed copy of a despatch addressed to Govr Seymour on the 13th Feby that he was informed that the question must be considered as in abeyanceManuscript image for the present & say also that Lord Granville quite concurs in opinion with Lord Clarendon that it is unadvisable to attempt any negotiation with the U.S. under existing circumstances?
CC 12/5
FR 13/5
WM 13/5
G 15/5
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See subsequent 39/5696.
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Sandford to Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, 24 May 1869, forwarding copy of despatch sent to Seymour advising that the matter would be held in abeyance.
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Sandford
See the Governor's despatch recd since the minute on the F.O. letter.