Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
August 31, 1854
With reference to my Letter of the 5th Instant 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,statingManuscript image stating that the clause which had been inserted in the General Appropriation bill, empowering the President to make the necessary arrangements for proceeding, in concert with Her Majesty's Government, to lay down the Boundary between Vancouver's Island and the United States, was objected to by the SenateandManuscript image and has been expunged from the Bill.
I am, Sir,
Your most Obedient Humble Servant,
E. Hammond

H. Merivale Esqr
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
As the Governor of VanCouver's Island & the Company have not yet been apprized by us of the intentions of the British and American Govts to take measures for establishing the Boundary in the Canal de Arro, it will naturally follow that we say nothing of this abortive attempt of the American Govt, in the Senate. I apprehend that this must be put by.
ABd 1 Sepr
The drafts referred to had better be cancelled. But the Govrs Despatches should be acknowledged, and if the F.O. see no objection, I would approve of his proceedings, and Authorize him to continue to treat the Islands in the Canal de Arro as part of the British Dominions. [Marginal addition: See Govr 6359.]
The draft might be sent to the F.O. with reference to their letter of 19 Augt.
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Draft, Colonial Office to Hammond, 11 September 1854, forwarding the draft to Douglas below, approving his actions, for consideration.
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Draft reply, Grey to Douglas, No. 4, 21 September 1854, approving of Douglas’s response to the boundary dispute.
Minutes by CO staff
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This shd be approved by Ld Clarendon before it is sent.
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I had not observed the Draft to the F.O.
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John F. Crampton to Lord Clarendon, 13 August 1854, reporting the U.S. Senate's refusal to pass the boundary settlement clause in the appropriation bill.