HL Deb 22 February 1872 vol 209 cc861-2

I wish to put a Question to my noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. When on a former occasion my noble Friend was asked whether there was any objection to the production of the English Case and the American Case, he said it might be regarded as a breach of etiquette if the American Case were produced here before it was laid before Congress. Undoubtedly, my Lords, I think there was some weight in that objection; but we have now received intelligence that the American Case has been laid before the American Legislature. Under these circumstances, I beg to ask my noble Friend, Whether there is any longer an objection to the production of the American Case? If there be not, I would move for it as an unopposed Return.


In reply to my noble Friend I have to state that the presentation of the American Case to the Senate is not the same as its presentation to Parliament, because the Senate is a department of the Administration; but, as General Schenck, the American Minister, has stated to me that he sees no objection to its production here, it will be laid on the Table if my noble Friend moves for it.

Moved, An Address for Case presented on behalf of the Government of the United States to the Tribunal of Arbitration.—(Earl Stanhope.)

Motion agreed to.

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