Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
28 December 1859
With reference to my Letter of the 15th instant, I am directed by Lord John Russell to transmit to you, to be laid before His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, an Extract of a Despatch addressed to Lord Lyons respecting the proposal of General Scott for the Joint occupation of a separate portion of the Island of San Juan by one hundred Military with their appropriate arms only.
I also inclose Copies of a Letter toManuscript imageto the Admiralty and of the answer returned by that Department, from which His Grace will see that Rear Admiral Baynes will be instructed to carry out this arrangement on the part of Her Majesty's Government.
I am etc.
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
A despatch from Gov Douglas recd on the 26th Inst is in circulation.
HT Irving 29 Dec
See 12699. I am not informed what is meant by "Secy Marcy's despatch" but the For. office have promised me to look it out.
HM D 29
Secy Ms despatch was quoted in Ld J.Rs despatch of Augt last I think.
N 30
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Extract, Foreign Office to Lyons, British Minister at Washington, 22 December 1859, advising that the joint military occupation appears "quite fair and reasonable."
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Hammond to Secretary to the Admiralty, 22 December 1859, asking that Admiral Baynes be instructed to land one hundred marines on San Juan Island in accordance with the terms of the joint occupation.
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W.G. Romaine, Admiralty, to Foreign Office, 23 December 1859, stating that the necessary instructions would be sent to Baynes.