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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88
(1887-1888)

Great Britain,   pp. 424-555 PDF (60.6 MB)


Page 424


                       GREAT BRITAIN.
                              No. 297.
                      Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.
 ITO. 458.1                      DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington., November 12, 1886.
   SIR:' * - I have already written you asking whether from the
 British foreign office you could obtain a copy of the report first made
 by the officer in command of the Canadian vessel by whom the schooner
 David J. Adams was seized, and you will perceive from the reply of
 Mr. Graham, who represents the Canadian Government in the suit in
 the vice-admiralty court at Halifax, that he declines to promise toepro-
 duce the reports made by these officers at the time of the seizure, in
 which the causes for such action would naturally be set forth.
   In the course of your correspondence or conversation with Lord Jd-
 dlesleigh it might be well to draw his attention to the difficulties thrown
 in the way of the American fisherman inenot being permitted rtolearn
 the nature and extent of the offense with which they were charged, and
 so be compelled to go to trial-without those certainties of allegation
 which are held in courts of justice to be incumbent upon the claimant
 before he-is entitled to recover in any suit.
   It really appears that this method of Canadian procedure is belittling
 the important principles involved in the international question now
 under consideration between the United States and Great Britain.
       I am, etc.,
                                                   T. F. BAYARD.
                              No. 298.
                     Mr. Bayard to Mr., Phelps.
 No. 459.]                       DEPARTWENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington, November 15, 1886.
   Sin: The season for taking mackerel has now closed, and I undner-
 stand the marine police force of the territorial waters in British North
 America has been withdrawn, so that no further occasion for the ad-
- ministration of a strained and vexatious construction of the convention
of 1818, between the United States and Great Britain, is likely for sev-
eral months at least.
   During this period of comparative serenity, I earnestly hope that
 such measures will be aadopted by those charged with the adiniistra-
 tion of the respective Governments as will' prevent the renewal of the
 proceedings witnessed during the past fishing season in the ports and
 harbors of Nova Scotia, and at other points in the maritime provinces
 of the Dominion, by which citizens of the United States engaged in
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