HC Deb 04 April 1867 vol 186 cc1108-9

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he can give any information as to the reported cession of Russian America to the United States; and, whether the Alentian Islands are included in the Russo American territory?


Sir, I have a telegram from St. Petersburg which in substance is to this effect, that official intelligence has been received of the purchase of the territory by the United States. I presume, therefore, that the arrangement is complete so far as the American Executive is concerned; but the House is of course aware that, by the constitution of the United States, a treaty requires to be confirmed by the Senate, and I have not yet heard that that confirmation has taken place. I am not able to state whether the Alentian Islands are included in the ceded territory. I should rather think not. I believe they are under the Government on the Asiatic side. But of that I am not quite certain.