Otway to Under-Secretary of State
17 January 1870
I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to transmit to you, to be laid before Earl Granville, a copy of a despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, with a copy of a Memorial, said to have been signed by a number of ResidentsatManuscript image at Victoria in British Columbia, and addressed to the President of the United States, with a view to his endeavouring to induce Her Majesty's Government to consent to the transfer of that Colony to the United States.
I am,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur Otway
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
I have been told that there were not more than 40 Signatures to the Memorial.
We probably shall hear from Govr Musgrave when a copy of the Memorial comes into his hands—but send him Confidentially a copy of Mr Thornton's despatch—& also to Sir John Young?
CC 20/1
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Mr Monsell
FR 20/1
WM 21/1
G 29/1
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See subsequent F.O. 917 Jan 24-70.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Thornton, Washington, to Clarendon, 3 January 1870, forwarding copies of the memorial and a related newspaper clipping, with some discussion of the annexation question.
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Newspaper clipping, Washington Morning Chronicle, 3 January 1870, "Letter from 'Occasional,'" predicting that the U.S. will soon control all of Britain's North American colonies.
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Newspaper clipping, Baltimore Sun, 31 December 1869, "British Columbia Petition for Annexation—Objections to Canadian Confederation—Reasons for Union with the United States, Etc."
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, Confidential, 3 February 1870.
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Draft reply, Granville to Young, Canada, Confidential.