Hammond to Under-Secretary of State
October 21, 1870
With reference to my letter of the 14th ultimo, I am directed by Earl Granville to transmit to you, to be laid before the Earl of Kimberley, a copy of a further despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington in regard to the taking [of] the Census of the Island of San Juan.
I am also to transmit to you a copy of Lord Granville's reply to Sir Edward Thornton.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
Put by.
CC 25 Oct
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I hope Mr Fish was not making fun of our ambassador: I think not; & no doubt the census although taken will not be included in the general enumeration of the population of the United States. The F.O. seem to have taken it rather seriously.
Put by.
RGWH Oct 25/70
FR 25/10
K Oct 26/70
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Thornton, Washington, to Granville, Foreign Office, 3 October 1870, informing him that the census of San Juan Island had in fact been carried out "about the end of June or beginning of July" [predating the avowed decision of the Department of State to exempt the island].
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Granville to Thornton, 21 October 1870, directing him to "ask Mr Fish for an explanation of the discrepancy between the promise made to you in reg[ard] to this matter . . . & their subsequent proceedings."