General Schenck to Mr. Fish.
the United States,
London, September 13, 1873.
(Received September 26.)
Sir: I have received a communication from the
council of a British society, “the National Association for the Promotion of
Social Science, with which is united the Society for Promoting the Amendment
of the Law,” informing me that the sum of £300 has been offered through that
association for the best essay on the subject of a code of public
international law. They invite competition for the prize from America, and
to this end they request me to make the fact known to my Government with a
view to publicity in the United States.
I send herewith, for such public notice as you may think proper to give, a
copy of the letter addressed to me by the general secretary of the
association, together with a copy of the conditions on which the prize is
I will but add that the action of the society in question is well entitled to
consideration, as the body is one of known high character and
responsibility, not only in this kingdom, but throughout the world.
I am, &c.,
[Inclosure 1 in No. 483.]
Mr. Ryalls to
national association for the promotion
of social science, with which is united the society for promoting
the amendment of the law.
1 Adam Street, Adelphia, W. C., September 2, 1873.
Sir: I am directed by the council to inform you
that the sum of £300 has been offered through this association for the
best essay on the subject of a code of public international law, of
which the inclosed are the conditions, and to request that you will
kindly favor them by making the same known to your Government with a
view to publicity in America.
I am, &c.,
C. W. RYALLS,
[Inclosure 2 in No. 483.]
National Association for the Promotion of Social
Science, with which is united the Society for Promoting the
Amendment of the Law. 1 Adam street,
prize essay upon international
His excellency Señor Don Arturo de Marcoartu, ex-deputy to the Cortes in
Spain, has, through this association, munificently offered the sum of
£300 for the best essay on the following subject:
“In what way ought an international assembly to be constituted for the
formation of a code of public international law; and what ought to be
the leading principles on which such a code should be framed?”
The following are the conditions of the prize:
- Competitors to send in their essays on or before the 1st of
June, 1874, under cover, with motto on the cover, and a sealed
cover with the same motto, containing the name and address of
- The essay may be either in English, French, or German, and
should have with it an index.
- The adjudicators will be appointed by the executive committee
of this association, and they will be selected so as to form a
body having an international character. The decision will be by
the written vote of a majority, of the judges.
- If, in the opinion of the adjudicators, none of the essays are
of sufficient value, the sum named will not be awarded, but the
donor will oiler the same prize of £300 for further
- The adjudicators shall have power to give one prize of £300;
or two prizes, one of £200 and one of £100.
- The donor to be entitled to the copyright.
C. W. RYALLS,
August 3, 1873.