No. 11.
Mr. Fish to General Schenck.


Cannot agree to Granville’s proposal as made. Desire to meet the British Government in any honorable adjustment of the incidental question which has arisen. Our answer is very friendly, and will, we hope, open the way for a settlement. Whatever the British Commissioners may have intended, or thought among themselves, they did not eliminate the claims for indirect losses, they never asked us to withdraw them, nor did they allude to them directly, or in plain terms; and after the deliberations of the Joint Commission were closed, Tenterden and the British Commissioners allowed them to be formally enumerated in statement of 4th May without a word of dissent.