HL Deb 30 April 1872 vol 210 cc1979-80

Correspondence with the Government of Canada in connexion with the appointment of the Joint High Commission and the Treaty of Washington: Presented (by command), and ordered to lie on the Table.


My Lords, I have not given Notice of the Question which I am about to put, and, therefore, it rests entirely with the noble Earl the Foreign Secretary whether he may think fit to answer my inquiry—but, knowing the desire of your Lordships for information on the subject, I beg to ask my noble Friend, Whether the long-expected communication from the American Government has been received?


My Lords, my answer to the noble Earl is a very simple one, but I will endeavour to convey it in a less conversational tone than that in which I replied last evening. The facts as to what I then said about the despatch are correctly given; but the details, not having reached the gallery with distinctness, are not quite accurately stated. In reply to the Question just put by my noble Friend, I have to say that I have been informed by the American Minister that he received the despatch last evening; but it is not very short, and as it has to be copied, and he wishes to make himself master of it, he has not yet communicated it.