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Great Britain,   pp. 685-828 PDF (61.2 MB)


Page 827


GREAT BRITAIN.
Government and that of the United States for rendering aid to vessels
wrecked in the waters lying between Canada and the United States, I
am instructed by the Marquis of Salisbury to call your attention to an
offer on the part of the Canadian Government, oontained in a minute
of council passed on the 6th of June, 1879, to make reciprocal arrange-
ments in regard to the coasting trade of the inland waters only of the
two countries to include wrecking and towing privileges.
  This offer is a standing one, and Her Majesty's Government are of
opinion that it would be to the advantage of the two countries if
some arrangement of the kind could be made, as it is important in con-
nection with the questions relating to wrecking that are continually
arising.
      I have, etc.,
                                         MICHAEL II. HERBERT.
                              No. 599.
                    Mr. Bayard to Mr. Herbert.
                                DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington, November 16, 1888.
  SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the
11th instant, in which, referring to the proposals heretofore made look-
ing to some reciprocal arrangement to facilitate the saving of life and
property in cases of wreck and stranding in the waters between the Uni-
ted States and Canada, you call my attention, under instructions from
the Marquis of Salisbury, to an offer on the part of the Canadian gov-
ernment contained in a minute of council passed on the 6th of June,
1879, to make reciprocal arrangements in regard to the coasting trade
of the inland waters only of the two countries, to include wrecking and
towing privileges. You add that this is a standing offer, and that Her
Majesty's Government is of opinion that it would be to the advantage
of the two countries if some arrangement of the kind could be made.
   The standing offer in question appears to be the same as that referred
 to in the extract from a report of a committee of the privy council of
 C inada, dated 1st June, 1888, which was communicated to me with a
 letter from Sir Lionel West, written from Beverly, Mass., of the 13th
 of August last. The text of the minute of 6th June, 1879, was corn-
 municated to one of my predecessors by a note of Sir Edward Thorn-
 ton, dated Newburyport, June 18, of that year.
   I may be permitted, in view of the revival of the Canadian declara-
 tion that no partial arrangement of reciprocity in this regard will be
 permitted, to repeat the same surprise which was expressed in this
 Department's reply of August 11, 1879, to Sir Edward Thornton's
 communication of the original declaration, that any such expression
 as is contained in the report referred to should have been made in
 view of the act of the Congress of the United States, approved June
 19, 1878, entitled "An act to aid vessels wrecked or disabled in the
 waters coterminous to the United States and the Dominion of Can-
 ada." That act followed in the line of the concurrent legislation
 which has done so much in the last seventy years to expand the good
 intercourse of the United States with the British North American pos-
 sessions, and gave outright to Canadian vessels the right to render aid
 or assistance to Canadian vessels wrecked or disabled in the waters
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