HC Deb 21 February 1868 vol 190 cc1005-6

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, When the further Abyssinian Papers, ordered by the House on the 6th December, 1867, will be laid upon the Table; and, whether Dr. Blane's letter to Colonel Merewether, from Magdala, of the 2nd December, 1867; Mr. Rassam's of the same date; and the Rev. Mr. Flad's to Mr. Rassam, dated respectively the 8th and 23rd November, 1867, from King Theodore's camp; and Colonel Merewether's Despatches to the Bombay Government, dated 25th December, have been received at the Foreign Office, and will be laid upon the Table?


None of those Papers to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers are in the Foreign Office. Some of them may be in the possession of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for India; but I am not able to say.


I will examine and see whether we have the Papers, and whether it is desirable that they should be laid on the table, for great care ought to be taken with respect to such matters.


They have been published in the Bombay Times.