5 January 1871
With reference to the correspondence noted in the margin

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I transmit to you for your information Copies of two letters from the Foreign Office enclosing copies of correspondence with Her Majesty's Minister at WashingtonManuscript imageWashington respecting the taking a Census in the Island of San Juan by the United States Authorities.
I have communicated to Earl Granville a Copy of your Confidential Despatch of the 11th October, and I have suggested to his Lordship that if a Copy is forwarded to Sir E. Thornton it will be desirable that he should be instructed not to allude to the letter from the United States War Office of the 30th April, enclosed in your Despatch, in any communication he may make to the United States Government.
I have etc.