Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
8 October 1859
I am directed by Lord John Russell to transmit to you, for the information of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, a copy of a despatch which has been received this day from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, respecting General Scott's mission to San Juan.
I am etc.
E. Hammond
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Mr Merivale
As this communication of Lord Lyons is "very Confidential" it may be a question whether its contents shd be made known to Govr Douglas. The effect of the order will speak for itself on the spot.
ABd 13 Oct
Hardly necessary to communicate?
HM O 13
Better not. Put by.
N 14
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Lyons, British Minister at Washington, to Russell, 22 September 1859, with information that Scott had orders to withdraw all troops from San Juan Island in excess of the original detachment under Captain Pickett.