Sir L. S.
Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.
Sir: In your note of the 11th of November last, inclosing copies of the statements with affidavits from Captain Medeo Rose, master of the schooner Laura Say ward, of Gloucester, Mass., you state that these papers impressively describe the “inhospitable” and “inhuman” “canduct “of the collector of the port of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, in refusing to allow Captain Rose to buy sufficient food for, himself and crew to take them home, besides unnecessarily retaining his papers, and thus preventing him, with a wholly inadequate supply of provisions, from proceeding on his voyage.” This note, I observe, appears in the papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States transmitted to Congress with the President’s message, 1886 (No. 231, page 425.)
I have now the honor to inform you that I am instructed by the Marquis of Salisbury to communicate to you the inclosed copy of a dispatch from the governor-general of Canada, together with copy of an approved minute of the privy council, to which is appended a letter from the collector of customs at Shelburne, inclosing a declaration made by Captain Rose, in Which he states that the statements made by him in the affidavit alluded to in your above-mentioned note are all untrue.
In communicating these papers to you I am further instructed to ask whether the United States Government have any observations to make thereupon.
I have, etc.,