No. 513.
Mr. Phelps to Mr. Bayard.

No. 709.]

Sir: Referring to your instruction numbered 809, of March 1, I have the honor to acquaint you that I lost no time in asking the Marquis of Salisbury for the views of Her Majesty’s Government with respect to the present condition of affairs at Apia, and I beg to inclose herewith a copy of his lordship’s reply.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

E. J. Phelps.
[Inclosure in No. 709.]

Sir J. Pauncefote to Mr. Phelps.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 14th instant, in which you inform me that the United States consul at Apia has received from the German consul at that place a dispatch notifying him of the formal withdrawal of Germany from the Apia municipal convention of September 2, 1879, and you inquire whether Her Majesty’s Government have accepted the notice of Germany’s withdrawal from the convention in question, and, if so, whether they have instructed the British consular representative at Apia as to the course he shall pursue with regard to the municipal property and funds.

I have to acquaint you that in reply to a representation of the German Government that the continuance of the municipal government of Apia had become impracticable, Her Majesty’s ambassador at Berlin was directed, on the 24th ultimo, to suggest its termination. No reply has yet, however, been received to that communication from the German Government, who have also been, asked for their views as to how the property of the Apia municipality should be divided.

Pending a further and definite agreement between the treaty powers upon the subject, the acting British consul in Samoa has been directed to consider the convention of 1879 as suspended; to recognize the jurisdiction of the Samoan Government as that of the de facto Government in the district in question; and in the mean time to revert to the exercise of his ordinary consular jurisdiction in Apia, as well as in the rest of the Navigator’s Islands.

I have, etc.,

J. Pauncefote.

(For the Marquis of Salisbury.)