Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
8 March 1860
I have laid before Lord John Russell your Letter of the 2d Instant, suggesting with reference to the observations contained in the Despatch from Governor Douglas, of which a Copy is inclosed, whether it would not be advisable that the Civil OfficersManuscript imageOfficers on both sides should be withdrawn from the Island of San Juan, which should be placed under Martial Law.
I am to state to you, in reply, for the information of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, that Lord John Russell questions the expediency of disturbing the present arrangement; 100 marines will soon be establishedManuscript imageestablished on the Island, and the British Magistrate will be protected.
I am etc.
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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VJ 9 March
Put by?
HM Mh 9
CF 10
N 10