HC Deb 16 July 1863 vol 172 c875

said, he rose to give notice that either on the Report of Supply, or of Ways and Means, he would ask the noble Lord at the head of the Government a Question on a subject of much interest. Last year he directed attention to the circumstance that the American Government had adopted the practice of requiring bonds to be given by the exporters of goods that no portion of such goods should be sent into the hands of any person in the Confederate States. The noble Lord then promised to communicate with the American Government on that matter, and he saw that there had been a correspondence, which was printed in the American blue-book, but to which there was no allusion in any of the Papers presented to Parliament. The Question he should have to ask was, whether the noble Lord is aware, that notwithstanding the remonstrance of Her Majesty's Government, and the warning that the practice in question is contrary to treaty, it is still persisted in by the American Government; and whether he will state what course Her Majesty's Government intend to take in the matter? He would now beg to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Whether any further information has been received with regard to the case of the Margaret and Jessie?


No; I do not think any further information has been received from the United States on the subject.

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