Hammond to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
18 April 1863
With reference to my letter of the 26th of April 1861, and to your letter of the following day, I am directed by Earl Russell to transmit to you to be laid before His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, the accompanying copy of a despatch from Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, requesting instructions as to the course to be pursued by him incaseManuscript image case the United States Government should propose negotiations on the subject of the San Juan Boundary Line, together with a copy of a despatch which Lord Russell has addressed to him in reply.
Copies of Lord Lyons' despatches Nos. 193 and 641 of the 11th of May and 9th of November 1861, and of the instruction to His Lordship No 476 of the 16th of December of that year, are also enclosed for the information of the Duke of Newcastle.
I am,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Sent here for information only.
ABd 21 Apl
Put by.
TFE 21 April
FR 21/4
N 22
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Lyons to Earl Russell, 24 March 1863, discussing the questions in dispute in the Pacific Northwest between Britain and the United States, and asking for instructions should the American government wish to open discussions on the subject.
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Russell to Lyons, 9 April 1863, cautioning against opening the subject himself, but providing a general guideline should the Americans wish to pursue the matter.
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Lyons to Russell, 11 May 1861, reporting his failure to have W.H. Seward, U.S. Department of State, sign the Convention for settling questions under discussion with regard to the Treaty of 1846, Seward deciding the Convention must go before the Senate for decision.
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Lyons to Russell, 9 November 1861, further discussing the course of action to be taken in the dispute in view of the upcoming opening of the American Congress and asking for instructions with regard to prosecution of the question.
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Russell to Lyons, 14 December 1861, asking him to refrain from taking further action until fresh instructions are received from England.