Hammond to Under-Secretary of State
December 20, 1870
Sir,
With reference to your letter marked "Confidential" of the 22nd ultimo, I am directed by Earl Granville to transmit to you, to be laid before the Earl of Kimberley, the accompanying Copies of Correspondence with Sir E. Thornton in regard to the San Juan Census.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
Taking of a Census of S. Juan by the United States.
Mr Fish explains that before his instructions reached the local Authorities not to take the Census, it had actually been taken (June)—of which he was unaware when he sent his instructions of the 23rd July.
CC 27/12
RGWH Dec 27/70
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FR 28/12
WM 29/12
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Sir F. Rogers
Qy should not copies be sent confidentially to Governor of British Columbia?
K Jan 1/71
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Draft at once.
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See subsequent F.O. 1160 Jan 28.71.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Thornton, Washington, to Granville, Foreign Office, 14 November 1870, enclosing copies of his correspondence with the U.S. Department of State respecting the San Juan census.
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Thornton to J.C. Bancroft Davis, U.S. Department of State, 4 November 1870, asking for explanation as to why the census was carried out on San Juan.
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Hamilton Fish, U.S. Department of State, to Thornton, 12 November 1870, enclosing copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Interior.
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C.A. Delano, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, to U.S. Secretary of State, 9 November 1870, explaining that the census of San Juan had been completed before instructions were received to cancel it.
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Granville, Foreign Office, to Thornton, 19 December 1870, directing him to have the U.S. government include a note in the printed report of the census "stating that the Island was in the joint occupancy of England & the U.S., & the question of Sovereignty not yet decided."
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, Confidential, 5 January 1871.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Cox
1. The F.O. do not answer our letter of 22 Novr, but by referring to it wld appear to have no intention of acting on it.
2. Shld the Govr have a copy of our letter or be informed of its substance.
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1. I would keep it in the Arrear at present.
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2. I think not but I have added a par: for consideration.
Hammond, Edmund to Monsell, William 20 December 1870, CO 60:42, no. 13335, 219. 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/B705FO12.html.

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