Romaine to Fortescue (Parliamentary Under-Secretary)
27 September 1859
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Colonies, a Copy of a Letter from Rear Admiral Baynes dated the 12th Ultimo, No 110, with Copies of its enclosures, relative to the Military occupation by the United States of the Island of San Juan in the Canal de Haro.
I am etc.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
This contains no fresh intelligence of importance.
ABd 28 Sepr
It contains the documents relating to Col. Casey's bold invitation to Adml Baynes to come & reckon on board his steamer.
HM S 29
.ud set
A pretty specimen of Yankee impertinence!
N 30
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Baynes to Secretary to the Admiralty, 12 August 1859, reporting the state of affairs at San Juan and enclosing related correspodence.
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Douglas to Baynes, 12 August 1859, requesting that a navy vessel be despatched to overtake the San Francisco mail steamer in order that Brigadier General Harney's letter might be communicated to England as quickly as possible.
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Harney to Douglas, 6 August 1859, explaining his reasons for ordering the occupation of San Juan.
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Lieutenant Colonel Casey, U.S. Steamer Shubrick, to Baynes, 11 August 1859, inviting him to come aboard the Shubrick for a conference.
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Baynes to Casey, 11 August 1859, declining to meet him on his steamer and inviting him instead to come aboard the Ganges.
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Casey to Baynes, 10 [11] August 1859, expressing regret that Baynes was unable to meet him on board the Shubrick.