Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
August 5th 1854 [Marginal note: This is not intended as an ansr to our Letter of the preceding day. ABd]
Sir,
With reference to your Letters of the 11th of April 1853, and the 20th of February and 20th of May last, relative to the Question of the Line of Boundary between Vancouvers Island and the American Continent, I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to transmit to you, for the Information of Secretary Sir George Grey, a Copy of a Despatch from Mr Crampton, Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, statingthatManuscript image that the United States' Secretary of State had promised to take steps in order that the President might be empowered to make the necessary arrangements for proceeding in concert with Her Majesty's Government to determine the Boundary in question.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
E. Hammond

H. Merivale Esq.
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Inform the Governor accordingly. As there is no object in
preserving secrecy on this subject, and the Hudson's Bay Company are so deeply interested in the welfare of VanCouver's Island I should myself think it advisable to apprize them of the intentions of the two Govts in respect to this boundary question.
ABd 7 Augt
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By the latest accounts recd from Mr Douglas and which I presume
although not acknowledged in this letter have been sent to the F.O. [marginal note: Yes. ABd], this question of disputed Boundary has become one of a serious character. The U.S. Customs offices having forcibly entered upon one of our Islands to which the U.S. have set up their pretended claim.
Send as proposed to the Govr & H.B.C. though other means of settling the matter may have to be taken than are here reported.
FP 7
GG 8
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Draft reply, Grey to Douglas, no date, apparently cancelled, advising that “measures are in progress,” between US and British governments, to solve the boundary question.
Minutes by CO staff
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Qy. Cancel in consequence of F.O. Lr of this date?
ABd 1 Sep. /7690
Resubmitted in consequence of the addition proposed by Mr Peel on 7373.
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Draft, Colonial Office to A. Colvile, Hudson's Bay Company, no date, apparently cancelled.
Minutes by CO staff
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Cancel in consequence of the F.O. Letter of this date?
ABd 1 Sepr /7690
Resubmitted in consequence of the addition proposed by Mr Peel on 7373.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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John F. Crampton to Clarendon, 10 July 1854, reporting his correspondence with W.L. Marcy, U.S. Secretary of State, who would seek to obtain an appropriation to appoint a commissioner to settle the boundary question.
Hammond, Edmund to Merivale, Herman 5 August 1854, CO 305:5, no. 6812, 154. 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/V545FO03.html.

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