No. 146.
Mr. Hoppin to Mr. Frelinghuysen .

No. 256.]

Sir: I have the honor to acquaint you that on the 21st of September last I received a telegram from you, of which the following is the substance:

Ascertain accurately and inform us why an exception is made in the case of Brophy, who, it is understood, is still imprisoned.

I at once caused an unofficial inquiry to be made at the Irish office to obtain the information you desired. There being no person there who could answer the question, I addressed a note to Lord Granville on the 22d ultimo, of which I inclose a copy. Not having received an answer to this note, Mr. Nadal, at my request, went to the foreign office and saw Sir Julian Pauncefote. He was informed that a telegram had been sent to Dublin on the subject, and that whenever the reply arrived it should be communicated to me. Being still without an answer I addressed a second note to Lord Granville on the 28th of September, and on the 30th of that month I received a reply from his lordship on the subject. I inclose copies of the communications.

I sent you a telegram on the 30th of September, to the effect that I was only that morning informed, after repeated inquiries of foreign minister, that Brophy was released on the 19th, and was then in Dublin.

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I have, &c.

[Inclosure 1 in No. 256.]

Mr. Hoppin to Lord Granville .


My Lord: I have just received a telegram from Mr. Frelinghuysen of which the substance is as follows:

“Ascertain accurately and inform us why an exception is made in the case of Brophy, who, it is understood, is still imprisoned.”

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I beg leave to remind your lordship that this William Brophy is a naturalized citizen of the United States who has been imprisoned in Ireland under the act for the protection of person and property, and whose case has already been the subject of a correspondence between your lordship and this legation. It has been stated in the public journals that one William Brophy has been released from prison, but either they have not learned this at Washington or there is some question there as to the identity of the individual. May I therefore ask your lordship kindly to inform me as to the facts in this matter that I may send an early reply by cable to the telegram which I have communicated above?

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 256.]

Mr. Hoppin to Lord Granville.

My Lord: Referring to my note of the 22d instant, to which I have not yet had the pleasure of a reply, I trust your lordship will pardon me if I repeat the request therein contained, that I may be informed whether William Brophy, an American suspect, detained under the protection of person and property (Ireland) act, and whose release from prison is said to have been announced in the newspapers, has been really discharged. I have been requested by telegram from the Department of State at Washington to ascertain the facts in this case.

I have, &c.

[Inclosure 3 in No. 256.]

Sir J. Pauncefote to Mr. Hoppin.

Sir: In reply to the inquiries contained in your notes of the 22d and 28th instant relative to William Brophy, I have the honor to inform you that I have to-day ascertained from the Irish Government that he was released from custody by order of the lord lieutenant on the 19th instant, and is now in Dublin.

I have, &c.

(In the absence of Earl Granville).