HC Deb 04 April 1879 vol 245 cc368-9

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Government has yet received any information as to the occupation of the Island of Matacong by the French, as reported in a telegram from Madeira, published in that day's "Daily News?"


Yes, Sir, we received yesterday an account from Mr. Consul Hopkins, who happens at this moment to be in Sierra Leone acting as British Commissioner on the Liberian Boundary Question, from which it appears that the French have taken possession of the Island of Matacong. The Governor of Sierra Leone is stated to have been absent at the time on a visit to the River Gambia; and Mr. Streeten, the Attorney General, who was acting for him, on receipt of intelligence of the proceedings of the French, immediately sent a protest to the officer in command of the French occupying Force. Her Majesty's Ambassador at Paris has been instructed to make representations on the subject.