HC Deb 26 May 1870 vol 201 c1411

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether his Department has received any information relative to the reported Fenian aggression in Canada?


Sir, the latest information received by Her Majesty's Government on that subject states that the Fenians from St. Albans have crossed our frontier near Phillipsburg, that skirmishing is reported to have commenced, and that various other points are threatened along the frontier. I am happy to state that Sir John Young also adds that the Militia in Canada were called out three days ago, and that every possible preparation has been made to resist the Fenian aggression. Sir John Young further states that a telegraphic despatch has been received from Mr. Thornton, dated the 25th instant, to the effect that there is evidence of a Fenian movement against Canada towards the east and west of Lake Champlain, but principally towards the eastern portion, and that their numbers are supposed to be between 3,000 and 4,000. I am glad, likewise, to be able to say that a proclamation warning United States subjects against the violation of neutrality has been issued by the President of the United States, and that General Meade has been authorized to send troops to the frontier to prevent any such violation.