Hammond to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
4 July 1863
With reference to my letter of the 12th ultimo, I am directed by Earl Russell to transmit to you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, copies of a further despatch and its inclosures from Lord Lyons relative to the rumour that a privateer for the use of the so-styled Confederate States was beingfittedManuscript image fitted out at Vancouver's Island.
I am,
Your most obedient,
humble Servant,
E. Hammond
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Put by.
ABd 8 July
TFE 8 July
CF 9
N 10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Lyons to Earl Russell, 8 June 1863, forwarding enclosures relating to the concern that privateers were being fitted out in Vancouver Island for the service of the Confederate States.
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Lyons to W.H. Seward, U.S. Department of State, 1 June 1863, forwarding copy of a despatch from the Colonial Secretary to the Foreign Secretary.
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Seward to Lyons, 3 June 1863, acknowledging receipt of his letter and its enclosure.
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W.L. Booker, British Consul at San Francisco, to Lyons, 11 May 1863, commenting at length on various reports received from the colony in response to his enquiries, all refuting the claim that privateers were being fitted out in Vancouver Island.