HC Deb 10 August 1876 vol 231 c969

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he has any objection to lay upon the Table, Copy of the Correspondence with the Dutch Government relative to the plunder and destruction of Messrs. F. and A. Swanzy's property at Dix Cove, on the Gold Coast, in the year 1869?


The claim of Messrs. Swanzy on account of destruction of their property on the Gold Coast was repeatedly brought before the Dutch Government. There was a conflict of evidence as to the facts, and the Dutch, relying on the reports of their own officials as contradicting the statement of Messrs. Swanzy's witnesses, refused to entertain their claim. There is not the slightest probability of their altering their decision. It would not be advisable to incur the expense of printing the Correspondence, which is very voluminous, extending over four years. Its publication would lead to no result.