to Mr. Bayard.
London, March 2, 1887. (Received March 14.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith, for your information, an extract from the report contained in yesterday’s Times of the proceedings in Parliament on the 28th February, embodying the answer made by Sir James Ferguson, under secretary of state for foreign affairs, to a question put to him by Dr. Tanner in reference to the proposed retaliatory measures against Canada.
I deem it proper to add that Mr. George W. Smalley, the well-known correspondent of the New York Tribune, has informed me of a conversation which he had recently with the same functionary, and in the course of which Sir James Ferguson assured him that the governments late dispatches from Canada on the subject of the fisheries had been of a very conciliatory nature, and that a modus Vivendi would very shortly be proposed to you by the British minister at Washington, Which Her Majesty’s Government had reason to hope would be satisfactory to the United States.
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