Enfield to Under-Secretary of State
15 February 1871
With reference to my Letter of the 28th ultimo, I am directed by Earl Granville to transmit to you, to be laid before the Earl of Kimberley, a Copy of a Despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, inclosing Copies of a Correspondence with Mr Secretary Fish in regard to the Census which has been recently taken by the United States Authorities in the Island of San Juan.
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I am to add that Lord Granville intends approving Sir Edward Thornton's proceedings.
I am,
Your most obedient
humble Servant

Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
When we hear the result of Mr E. Thornton's rejoinder to Mr Fish, last encl.—copies may be sent to Mr Musgrave.
Put by till then?
CC 18 Feb
RGWH Feb 18/71
EHKH 18/2/71
K Feb 21/71
See subsequent F.O. 1900, Feb 22.71.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Thornton, Washington, to Granville, Foreign Office, 23 January 1871, forwarding copies of correspondence with Hamilton Fish, U.S. Secretary of State.
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Fish to Thornton, 21 January 1871, enclosing the suggested form of a note to be appended to the U.S. census report.
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Note, no date, respecting the joint occupancy of San Juan Island at the time of the U.S. census.
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Thornton to Fish, 23 January 1871, suggesting the insertion of the sentence, "This occupation still exists, the question of sovereignty of the Island being yet undetermined."