HC Deb 17 February 1862 vol 165 cc376-7

said, he rose to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the statement contained in "the Correspondence on Mexican Affairs," headed "Inclosure No. 13," is correct; that; £500 was paid by the English Government to a Mr. Newall, as compensation for an illegal imprisonment by General Marquez; and, if so, why it has been paid in his case and not in any other?


said, that the statement with regard to Mr. Newall, printed in the papers laid before Parliament,—and quoted by the lion Member, had beeu taken from the newspapers, and was not accurate in all its details. The case of Mr. Newall was this: he had received, is the agent of a Mr. Davis, a large sum of money—about 15,000 dollars. His receipt for this sum fell into the bands of General Marquez, who insisted upon the money being paid over to him. On Mr. Newall's refusal to pay it. General Marquez ordered him to be shot on the following morning, and he was carried off and put into prison. He still refused to give up the money; and if it had not been that two of his friends came forward and paid it, he would have been executed. Lord Malmesbury demanded, as reparation for this outrage, that the money should be paid back with interest, that an apology should be made to Mr. Newall, and that £500 compensation should be awarded to him. Those terms were acceded to by the Mexican Government, and £500 was paid into the hands of the British Minister as compensation to Mr. Newall.