Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
May 8th 1855
With reference to your letter of the 2nd Instant I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to request that you will acquaint Lord John Russell that Her Majesty's Minister at Washington reports that the Bill for providing for the expences of a Commission to settle theBoundaryManuscript image Boundary between Van Couver's Island and the territory of the United States was negatived by the United States Congress.
I am, Sir,
Your Most obedient humble servant,
E. Hammond

Herman Merivale Esqe
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Perhaps the Foreign Office will instruct Mr Crampton to avail himself of any future opportunity of pressing on the Govt of the United States the importance of taking measures for defining the Boundary between the possessions of the respective Countries in this part of the world.
ABd 12 May
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HM May 16
JB 17 May
JR 17
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Draft, Colonial Office to Hammond, 26 May 1855, asking that Crampton be instructed to press the boundary question with the US government at any opportunity.