HC Deb 22 March 1877 vol 233 cc330-1

I do not know whether the Question I am about to put is one of those on which the Chancellor of the Exchequer has just put his ban officially; but whether that be so or not, I claim the right to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any reply has been received from Mr. Jocelyn to the telegraphic despatch which was sent to him by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, instructing him to inquire about certain outrages which, in a letter dated "Pera, March 6th," and published in the "Times" of March 16, were stated to have been perpetrated in the neighbourhood of Adrianople; and, if any reply has been received from Mr. Jocelyn, he will communicate it to the House?


Mr. Jocelyn, under date of the 21st instant, telegraphed that the Vice Consul at Adrianople reported having heard of alleged outrages ten hours' distant from that place last week, and said ho was making every inquiry and had spoken twice to the Governor General on the subject. His Excellency disclaimed any knowledge of the affair. The Italian Consul General represented the disturbances which had occurred to be of little importance. A further telegram has been sent to Mr. Jocelyn instructing him to desire Mr. Vice Consul Dupuis to go or send some trustworthy person to ascertain the truth respecting the reported outrages.