HC Deb 10 February 1881 vol 258 c492

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has been called to the following statement in the "Manchester Courier":— A Jesuit priest named Gillett has been arrested at Guatemala, and afterwards shot by order of the President of that Republic. By the laws of Guatemala, the largest State in South America, Jesuits are banished from the country, and all who are found within the territory are liable to execution. Father Gillett had returned on account of his health, and not in his capacity as priest; and, whether the Government has any information on the subject, or will endeavour to ascertain the facts of the ease?


Sir,. Her Majesty's Government have not received any confirmation of the intelligence to which the hon. Member refers; but Her Majesty's Charge d' Affaires has been instructed to furnish a full report of the circumstances of the case.