Mr. Thornton to Mr. Fish.
Sir: In reply to your note of yesterday’s date, I have the honor to inform you that although I am aware of the announcement recently made by the Canadian government of their intention to issue no more licenses to foreign fishermen, I have received no official information to that effect from the Governor General of Canada.
Nor am I aware of the existence of any recent law or regulations which may have been issued upon the subject of the fisheries. I will, however, without delay, make inquiries upon the subject from the Governor General, and will have the honor of communicating to you the result.