No. 116.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Lowell.


Mr. West has asked me this morning to use my good offices to secure to William Lane, a British subject, held in Detroit prison for trial, the trial which he asserts he is unable to obtain. I have telegraphed to the attorney-general of Michigan to inquire into the facts in order that they may be fully reported to Mr. West, and have said that the President desires that he will use his best endeavors to secure to Lane the early trial which Lane asserts he cannot obtain.

In informing Lord Granville of this you may say that we are still without the information respecting the trials in the Irish cases which your telegram of last week led us to expect, and that the President hopes that Her Majesty’s Government will see its way to an early and favorable answer.