HC Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 cc559-60

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he is in a position to lay upon the Table of the House Copies of Papers relating to the Ashantee "scare" at the Gold Coast, and to include in those Papers a Copy of the Instructions under which Sir Samuel Rowe is acting?


Sir, I will read the latest news from the Gold Coast with respect to what the hon. Member describes as "the Ashantee scare." It was received yesterday. Sir Samuel Rowe telegraphs— Ashantee Prince delivered his message 29th April. King begs for peace; kneels before Her Majesty. Offers 2,000 ounces of gold, not as payment of expenses, but as sign of sincerity—small part only here, more believed to be on the way. Replied that I should answer after due consideration. Progress most satisfactory. This looks as if we might soon be able to say that matters had returned to their normal state. When we are able to do so with perfect confidence, I shall lay Papers on the Table, including the Governor's Instructions.