HC Deb 24 March 1885 vol 296 cc379-80

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether it is true that Sir Samuel Rowe, Governor of the West African Settlements, has organised an expedition into the interior for the purpose of extending commercial intercourse with the Native tribes; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will lay upon the Table any correspondence on the subject which they have received from His Excellency?


We have as yet received no information from Sir Samuel Rowe of any intended expedition; but he went out with general instructions to endeavour by peaceful means to restore quiet and order in the countries adjacent to Sierra Leone and British Sherbro, with a view to the revival of trade. A great number of merchants interested in the district asked for this special mission, because they thought Sir Samuel Rowe was the most likely man to be able to effect the purpose.