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1 Colonial Office

Sept. 1, 1886 Three British Columbiad sealers seized by United

States' revenue-cruizer “Corwin

2 To Sir L. West

9, Copy of above. To ask United States' Government

for information

3 Colonial Office

Refers to No. 1. Details of captures of “ Thorn-

ton,” “Onward," and " Carolina.” Protest should

be made and compensation demanded ..

4 Sir L. West

History of the origin of the Alaska Commercial

Company

5

21, Newspaper extracts relating to seizures

6

Admiralty

Oct. 7, Sends copy of United States' Act to prevent exter-

mination of fur-bearing animals in Alaska, and of

the Alaska Company's lease ..

7 Colonial Office

16, Refers to No. 3. Sends further details, with Report

of Committee of Canadian Privy Council. Has

any action been taken ?

8 To Sir L. M'est

20, To protest against seizures and reserre rights

9

21, Has any reply been received to No. 2? Or any

appeal lodged against decisions of United States

Courts ?..

10 Sir L. West

21,

Replies to abore. No information

al To Sir L. West :

30,

Recapitulates facts of seizures as reported to Her

Majesty's Government. To see Mr. Bayard,

who will, no doubt, make due reparation

12 Sir L, West

Copies of notes founded on Nos. 2 and 8

13 Admiralty

Nov. 4,

Extract from “ Daily British Colonist " of Victoria

relating to the seizures

14 Messrs. Lampson and Co.

12, Facts relating to seal fishery. Hope Her Majesty's

Government will support United States' Govern-

ment in preserving seals

Colonial Office

16, Telegram from Canada asking if any answer has

been received from United States. Case one of

great hardship

16 To Sir L. West

18,

Substance of above. To report

17 Sir L. West

Answers above. Mr. Bayard has not yet received

official report of proceedings of Court

18 To Messrs. Lampson and Co.

19,

Acknowledges No. 14. Question being considered

19 Sir L. West

14,

Refers to No. 10. Mr. Bayard's apologies for

delay

20 To Sir L. West

Dec. 6,

To seek assurances that no seizures will be made

(Telegraphic)

beyond Alaska territorial waters pending settle-

ment

21 Sir L. West

10,

Copy of note founded on above

22 Colonial Office

Jan. +, 1887 Copy of despatch from Canada, with Report of

Privy Council explaining views of Dominion Go.

vernment on historical rights, with letters from

persons interested, and newspaper extracts

23 To Sir L. West

Copy of preceding. To express concern at absence

of information, and urge immediate attention

24 Sir L. West

10,

Note to Mr. Bayard founded on above ..

25

Note from Mr. Bayard explaining delay and assur-

ing of observance of international obligations

26 To Sir L. Wesi

27, To ask for information from time to time

27 Sir J. West

Feb. 4,

President has issued orders for discontinuance of

pending proceedings, and release of vessels and

persons

28 Colonial Office

Despatch from Governor-General, with Report of

Privy Council, and full statements of claims for

compensation

29 To Colonial Office..

14, Acknowledges above. Proposed to defer sending in

claims pending further examination

30 Sir L. West

Jan. 30,

Report of Governor of Alaska for 1886 ..

31 | Colonial Office

Feb. 25,

Answers No. 29. Concurs in delay

32 Sir L. Wes:

Mar. 18,

Copy of letter from a San Francisco firm to Pre-

sident protesting against exclusive claims of

Alaska Company

33 Colonial Office

. Apr. 2, Can Canadian vessels count on not being molested

during ensuing season ?

34 To Sir L. West

To make above inquiry

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35 Sir L. West

Mar. 29, 1887 Attempts of Alaska Company to obtain further

protection

26

.. Apr. 2,

The Captain of the “Corwin " has been cited to

defend himself for seizures effected on American

schooner " Sierra"

37

13, Mr. Blaine's replies to questions founded on No. 34.

Indefinite. Incloses - Provisions relating to the

Unorganized Territory of Alaska"

38

May 6,

Refers to No. 36. Case postponed

39

30,

Extract from “ New York Times,” showing United

States' reply to pretensions of Russia previous to

cession of Alaska

40 Colonial Office

June 27, Report of Canadian Privy Council urging speedy

reparation, with a résumé of facts by Minister of

Marine and Fisheries

41 To Colonial Office..

July 8, Acknowledges above. We should wait for Report

of judicial proceedings. Want copies of papers

laid before Canadian Parliament

42 To Sir L. West

9 Copy of No. 40. To get judicial records

43 Sir L. West

Forwards copies of judicial proceedings in Alaska

District Court in cases of the three vessels seized

To Sir L. West

Aug. 2, Acknowledges above. Were they communicated

(Telegraphic)

without comment? .

45 Sir L. West

4,

Answers above. Yes

46 To Sir L. West

10

News received of further seizures. To remind

Mr. Bayard of assurances given in No. 27, and

to communicate information .

47

10,

Asks for further information and details connected

with judicial proceedings sent home in No. 43 ..

48 Sir L. West

15, Mr. Bayard's replies 10 No. 46. He knows of no

assurances, but will ask grounds for seizures

49 | Admiralty

24,

Seizure of “ Anna Beck

50 Sir L. West

20,

Position of " Sayward,” “ Dolphin,” and “ Grace

when seized, with remarks on habits of seals

51

22,

Copies of Reports by Captain of the “ Rush," who

effected above captures, giving details ..

52 Admiralty

Sept. 5, Reports by Rear-Admiral Sir M. Culme-Seymour

on seizures of “Anna Beck and “ W. P. Say-

ward,” with copies of statements, declarations,

and indictments

53

To Sir L. West

10, General review of the position. No doubt United

States' Government will admit their liability, and

give compensation

54 Sir H. Holland to Marquis of 14, Şends copy of No. 53. Explains position

Lansdowne

55 Sir L. West

6,

“ New York Times " on maritime jurisdiction in

Behring's Sea

56 To Sir L. West

15, Have any steps been taken to appeal in cases of

“Onward,” « Carolina,” and “ Thornton”?

57

Colonial Office

Copies of two despatches from Canada respecting

seizure of “Grace," “ Dolphin," and “W. P.

Sayward"

58

24, Telegrain from Canada reporting that vessels are

still detained, and asking for inquiry

59 To Sir L. West

27, Copy of above. To inquire why vessels have not

been released as promised (see No. 27)

60

27, Copies of inclosures in No. 57. To make repre-

sentations to United States' Government respect-

ing seizure of these three vessels

61 Memorandum communicated Oct. 5, German Government ask views of Her Majesty's

by Baron Plessen

Government as to proposal of United States for

International Convention for preservation of seals

62 Sir L. West

Sept. 23, Acknowledges receipt of No. 53. Copy left with

Mr. Bayard

63 Admiralty

Oct. 4,

Copy of letter from Commander-in-chief on Pacific

Station, with list of sealing schooners ..

64 Sir L. W'est

Sept. 28, Answers No. 59. Note to Mr. Bayard respecting

non-release of vessels, and extract from “ New

York Herald” on the subject

65

Memorandum communicated Oct. 10, Invitation from United States to Sweden to join

by M. d'Adelborg

negotiations for preservation

66 To M. d'Adelborg

11,

Answers above. No similar invitation received

from United States' Government. Will Sweden

accept? ..

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Answers No. 61. No similar proposal made to

Her Majesty's Government. What will be de-

cision of German Government ?

Sends copy of letter from Commander-in-chief on

Pacific Station, with newspaper extracts as to

demurrer handed in on behalf of British sealers

Renewed orders sent for release of vessels

Copy of despatch from Canada respecting seizure

of “ Alfred Adams." Suggests that protest

against right of seizure should be made to United

States' Government

Refers to above, To protest against seizure of

“ Alfred Adams" and similar proceedings

Answers No. 70. Sir L. West instructed to protest

against seizure of 6. Alfred Adams." Protests

made in previous cases

Refers to Nos. 59 and 64. Reply received from

Mr. Bayard

Answers No. 56. Notices of appeal lying in

Sitka Court. No further stops taken ..

Answers No. 60. Note to Mr. Bayard respecting

seizure of “Grace,” Dolphin," and "W. P.

Sayward

Refers to above. Reply from Mr. Bayard acknow-

ledging note respecting seizures of three vessels..

Brief of United States' Government filed in Sitka

Court, and article thereon from “ New York

Herald”

Refers to No. 71. To give Mr. Bayard copy of

inclosure iu No. 70

Refers to No. 69. Approves action

Answers No. 71. Copy of note to Mr. Bayard

protesting against seizure of “Alfred Adams”

and similar proceedings

Refers to above. Copy of note from Mr. Bayard

acknowledging " Alfred Adams” protest

Despatch from Canada inclosing Minute of Execu-

tive Council of British Columbia respecting value

of sealing industry to province

No invitation received from United States' Govern-

ment as to negotiations for preservation of seals.

Her Majesty's Government favourably disposed to

negotiate separately from question of fishery

rights

Sends copies of Nos. 82 and 85
Answers No. 82, Quotes instructions to Plenipo-

tentiaries at Fishery Conference as to including

Behring Sea question
Explains circumstances under which negotiations for
preservation of seals were mentioned. Subject

not referred to at Conference

Revised claims of owners of “ Thornton and

“ Carolina"

Refers to Nos. 36 and 38. Case of “ Sierra will

probably be dismissed

Refers to No. 87. Revised claim of owner of

« Onward”

Statements of claims of owners and agents of

" Favourite," : W. P. Sayward,”, “ Grace," Anna

Beck," “ Dolphin," * Alfred Adams," and

"Ada"

Despatch from Canada saying notice has been given

of orders for release of “ Onward,” “ Thornton,"

and “Carolina"

Revised statement of claims of "Thornton," “ On-

ward," and "Carolina," and statement of personal

clainis of masters and mates of “ Dolphin,"

“W. P. Sayward,"

.“ Auna Beck,” “Grace," and

6 Ada"

Submits Mr. Bayard's detailed proposal for Inter-

national Regulations

“ New York Herald on the question of the seizures

and closed seas

Copy of No. 93

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International Regulations (see No. 93). Interview

with Mr. Phelps. Readiness to join United

States and Russia in an Agreement

181

Copies of above and No. 93, for observations

182

Would be glad if he would join in discussion

182

Answers above. Will ask for instructions

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Answers No. 97. Must consult Canada,

183

Answers above. Copies of Nos. 98, 99, and 102.

Have reserved all rights and claims

183

Copies of Nos. 98 and 99. Her Majesty's Govern-

ment do not admit rights of jurisdiction

184

Submits notice of a question by Mr. Gourley, M.P.,

for opinion as to answer on points raised

184

Answers above

185

Telegram from Governor-General of Canada, who

is anxious for assurances Canadian vessels will’

not be interfered with in coming season

185

Swedisii Government hopes the negotiations will

be successful, but is not sufficiently interested to

186

Refers to Nos. 104 and 105. Possibility of armed

resistance by sealers. Anxious for assurances of

non-interference. As to sending a man-of-war

to watch proceedings

187

Copy of above. To represent extreme importance

of Her Majesty's Government being able to

contradict report of intended seizures by United

States

187

Answers No. 107. Gives substance of above

188

On right of seized vessels to bond pending appeal 183

Interview with Mr. Phelps. Mr. Bayard's unofficial

assurances that vessels will not be molested pending

negotiations, though the latter would be rendered

abortive by coming Presidential election

188

See No. 108 so orders issued yet for capture of

British vessels

189

Substance of above

189

On question of bonding captured sealers (see

No. 110)

190

Answers No. 114. Views on bonding and appeal

questions

191

Sends a letter by Mr. Swan, Assistant Collector of

Port Townsend, on fur-seals, bearing on question

of jurisdiction

191

Copy of communication founded on No. 102

194

Refers to No. 110. Memorandum by Mr. Benjamin,

Councillor-at-Law. Bonding question settled . 194

Prefers to No. 108. Execution of instructions,

Mr. Bayard hopes there will be no more seizures. - 195

Interview with Russian Ambassador and United

States' Chargé d'Affaires. Decision as to a pro-

visional basis for negotiation

196

Propose Mixed Commission to investigate claims

and decide as to compensation

197

Copy of No. 121, for observations

197

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Canadian objections to close.time Regulations main-

tained

Refers to No. 134. Mr. Bayard's views as to

extension of time for appeal ..

Extract from a Russian Memorandum regarding

the hunting of seals

Circumstances under which “ W. P. Sayward” was

released under bond at Sitka

Urges immediate action in regard to International

Convention

Sends a telegram respecting the proposed sale by

the United States of the “ Anna Beck," “Dol-

phin,” “Grace,” and “ Ada.” Urge its post.

ponement

Substance of above, for required action

Acknowledges No. 139

Copy of No. 189, for early consideration

Substance of No. 141

Answers No. 143. Canadian Report on its

way

Refers to No. 144. Canada informed

Minute of Canadian Privy Council, giving their

views on the United States' proposals for a close

time. They protest against United States' doc-

trine

Refers to No. 146. "Minutes by Canadian Privý

Council on proposed sales.

What is progress

of “ W. P. Sayward” case ? ..

Answers No. 141. Note to United States' Govern-

ment

Refers to above. Sale will be postponed

Ditto. Copy of No. 148, for report

Ditto Substance of preceding

Refers to No. 121. Conversation with Mr. Phelps

on close season question. Difficulties felt by

Canada ..

Refers to No. 147. Close time. Substance of

above
Refers to No. 150. Copies of correspondence.

Should sale be proceeded with ?
Answers No. 151. Case of “Sayward” not yet

docketed in Supreme Court .

Copy of No. 155. What action ?

Angwers above. Proposed reply

To act in sense of above

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Substance of above
Refers to No. 155. As to disposal of condemned

sealers
Refers to No. 160.

" Copy of No. 161. What
should be done with “ Ada "?
“ W. P. Sayward.” See No. 156. Should not

action advised by Canada now be taken ?

See No. 158. Despatch from Canada on bonding

Grace,” “ Dolphin," and " Anna Beck"

Refers to above and No. 162. As to case of

“ Ada"..

Should substance of above be communicated ?

Answers above. Yes

See No. 159. Substance of No. 165

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