No. 231.
Mr. Lowell to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 563.]

Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 564, of the 5th day of April, 1883, I have to acquaint you that on the 18th day of April last, the day of the arrival of the instruction, I addressed a note to Lord Granville in [Page 435] compliance with its terms, informing him of the action I should take on the 2d of July next in obedience to a resolution of both houses of Congress of the United States, in giving notice of the termination of Articles XVIII to XXV, inclusive, and Article XXX of the treaty of May 8, 1871, between the United States and Great Britain; and that on the 28th of April last I received a reply from his lordship, acknowledging the reception of my note.

I beg to inclose herewith a copy of this correspondence.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 563.]

Mr. Lowell to Lord Granville.

My Lord: I have received to-day, from Mr. Frelinghuysen, a dispatch inclosing the copy of a joint resolution of both houses of Congress of the United States, providing for the termination of certain articles of the treaty between the United States of America and Her Britannic Majesty, concluded at Washington, May 8, 1871, which articles, under the protocol signed June 7, 1873, took effect on the 1st day of July, 1873, and, by the terms of the original treaty, are subject to termination by either party on two years’ notice, given at the expiration of ten years from July 1, 1873. This resolution, which was approved March 3, 1883, directs the President to give notice to the Government of Her Britannic Majesty that the provisions of each and every of the articles numbered 18 to 25, inclusive, and of Article XXX of the treaty May 8, 1871, will terminate and be of no force on the expiration of two years next of after the time of giving such notice, which the President is further directed to give on the 1st day of July, 1883, or as soon thereafter as may be.

I am therefore instructed to comply with the directions of Congress in this matter, as set forth, in the resolution, by giving the notice required; and, as the 1st day of July falls on Sunday, I am directed to give this notice on the next succeeding day. I beg, also, in compliance with further directions, to inform your lordship of the purport of this instruction, and of my contemplated action under it.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 563.]

Lord Granville to Mr. Lowell.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th instant, in which you acquaint me that, in compliance with the instructions you have received from your Government, you propose to give notice on Monday, the 2d of July (the 1st July falling on a Sunday), of the intention of the United States to terminate Articles XVIII to XXV, inclusive, and Article XXX of the treaty of the 8th of May, 1871, between Great Britain and the United States, which will cease to be in force on the expiration of two years from the date of such notice being given.

I have, &c.,