HC Deb 10 March 1881 vol 259 c735

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he is possession of any further news respecting the anticipated outbreak of hostilities on the Gold Coast?


Sir, in reply to the noble Lord, I will read the following news from the Lieutenant Governor of the Gold Coast, which was received at the Colonial Office yesterday:— Messengers from Ashantee received. King disclaims Ambassadors' threat as to attacking Assin. It was Enquie's act and should be overlooked. King entertained only friendly feeling towards English. Gold axe meant nothing. If it is reported that Ashantees are ready to attack any part of the Protectorate, report will be false. The King wishes to be friends with this Government. The Governor still, however, thinks the situation not altogether satisfactory.