Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
December 12, 1858
With reference to Mr Fitzgeralds Letter of the 30th of September last, inclosing a copy of a Despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington relative to the claim of Governor Douglas on the United States Government for the re-payment of a Sum of Money advanced by him in 1856 to the Authorities of Washington Territory, I am directed by the Earl of Malmesbury to transmit to you a copy of a further Despatch from Lord Napier inclosing a copy of the answer which he has received from the United StatesSecretaryManuscript image Secretary of State upon the subject of this claim.
I am, Sir,
Your most Obedient, Humble
E. Hammond
Herman Merivale Esqre &c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Send copies of these papers to the Govr with reference to previous correspondence?
VJ 20 Decr
Annex dt.
HM D 20
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Lytton to Douglas, No. 59, 29 December 1858.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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1. Napier, British Minister at Washington, to Malmesbury, 20 November 1858, enclosing his correspondence with the American government on the subject of Douglas's claim.
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1.1 Napier to Lewis Cass, 12 November 1858, enclosing further correspondence from Douglas in promotion of his special claim, with explanation and support for the governor's position.
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1.2 Cass to Napier, 19 November 1858, acknowledging the validity of Douglas's claim, and advising he had forwarded the correspondence to the secretary of war.