Hammond to Fortescue (Parliamentary Under-Secretary)
21 May 1860
With reference to my Letter of the 19th ultimo, I am directed by Lord John Russell to inclose, for the information of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, a Copy of a Despatch from General Cass to Mr Dallas, which has been communicated by the latter to Lord John RussellManuscript imageRussell, respecting the disputed title to the Island of San Juan.
I am etc.
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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VJ 23 May
The American Govt seems as decidedly averse to compromise as it previously expressed itself to arbitration. This unpleasant question therefore, so far as public despatches go, would seem as far from a solution as ever.
TFE 25 May
CF 25
N 27
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Lewis Cass, to George M. Dallas, 23 April 1860, arguing at length in favour of the American claim to San Juan Island, and pointing out inconsistencies in the claims made by the British (11 pages).