HC Deb 18 July 1845 vol 82 cc673-4
Captain Pechell

said, that a paragraph had recently appeared in the public newspapers relative to the French squadron at Tahiti, in which it was stated that a letter had been lately received from that place, giving an account of the arrival of the Talbot frigate there, which was towed by the Salamander steamer. Before the Talbot could get leave to stop there, it appeared that her captain was required to ask permission from the French commander, and he was also commanded to salute the French flag. The captain of the Talbot hereupon objected to comply with these demands; and it was said that the French authorities would not allow any communication to be kept up with the Talbot, except through the Salamander steamer. The captain of the Talbot being disgusted at this treatment, sailed immediately for the Sandwich Islands. He wished to ask the hon. and gallant Admiral whether the particulars of any such proceeding had been received by the Board of Admiralty?

Sir G. Cockburn

was understood to say that no report of such a circumstance as had been stated by the hon. and gallant Officer had, he believed, been received at the Admiralty.