HC Deb 27 May 1884 vol 288 cc1460-1

asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether it is a fact that Mr. Brewster, recently Sub-Governor of Suakin, was reported by Sir William Hewett as having rendered him invaluable service, and recommended for promotion; whether he was thanked by General Graham for services which his knowledge of the language and influence with the Natives enabled him to render; whether the present Governor of Suakin, Sir Charles Ashburnham, has reported that Mr. Brewster's services to him have been invaluable, and has again recommended him for promotion; and, whether it is true that, in consequence of his loyal and efficient assistance to English authorities, Mr. Brewster has been dismissed by Nubar Pacha from the post of Sub-Governor of Suakin?


Mr. Brewster was Collector of Customs at Suakin in the service of the Egyptian Government, and was appointed Sub-Governor during the expedition. In that capacity he undoubtedly rendered great services to the British Forces, and Sir Charles Ashburnham recommended that he should be appointed Deputy Civil Governor of the town. It was, however, the desire of the Khedive to retain a Native as Sub-Governor, and Her Majesty's Government saw no reason for opposing His Highness's wishes in this matter.