Wodehouse to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
15 December 1859
I am directed by Lord John Russell to transmit to you, to be laid before His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, a copy of a despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington inclosing copies of Telegrams received in that capital, the one being from Rear Admiral Baynes to Her Majesty's Minister and the other from General ScottManuscript imageScott to the United States Government, respecting the arrangement come to for a joint occupation of the Island of San Juan.
I am etc.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
General Scott has proposed a joint military occupation of San Juan by 100 men—Governor Douglas' answer has not yet been received, but it is believed that he will accept the proposition.
Put by for the present?
HT Irving16 Dec
TFE 16/12
CF 17
N 17
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Lyons, British Minister at Washington, to Russell, 22 November 1859, enclosing telegrams relating to the situation on San Juan Island.
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Telegram, Winfield Scott to J.B. Floyd, 27 October 1859, reporting his proposal for a "temporary adjustment" was currently being considered by Douglas and that concurrence was expected.
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Telegram, Rear Admiral Baynes to Lyons, 26 November 1859, advising that Scott had proposed a joint military occupation of the Island.