§ SIR JOHN HAY (for Mr. FORSYTH)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is true that Mr. Shaw, our Political Agent at Kashgar in Eastern Turkestan, has been or is about to be withdrawn; and, if so, for what reason?
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
Sir, Mr. Shaw was sent to Kashgar with a special object—namely, to negotiate a Commercial Treaty with the Ameer of Kashgar. He received instructions from the Indian Government to return when the negotiations were completed. We have received no information from the India Office as to whether he has left Kashgar or not. Under the 6th Article of the Treaty made with the Ameer by Sir Douglas Forsyth, we have power of appointing a Political Agent at Kashgar.