Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
December 12, 1858
Sir,
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
Servant,
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.
Hammond, Edmund to Merivale, Herman 12 December 1858, CO 305:9, no. 12929, 413. 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/V585FO13.html.

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