HC Deb 31 March 1881 vol 260 c350

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If Her Majesty's Government will take the opportunity of a new Minister being sent to Brazil to give him such instructions in regard to British claims as will show the Brazilian Government that Her Majesty's Government will resist the postponement of a settlement of claims arising before 1858, and that they will in no case allow counter-claims arising out of destruction of slave ships to enter into the question?


Mr. Ford sent home, on the 20th ult., a revised list of British claims, and reported that he was daily expecting to hear from the Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs that he was prepared to confer with him as to an adjustment of this long-pending question. Her Majesty's Chargé d' Affaires will be instructed to press the matter forward; but Her Majesty's Government do not consider that it will be necessary to give any further instructions than those already issued.