No. 518.
Mr. White to Mr. Bayard.

No. 742 (bis).]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith for your information a copy of a question asked in the House of Commons on Thursday, the 3d instant, in regard to affairs of Samoa, and also a copy of the answer made by Sir James Fergusson, the under secretary of state for foreign affairs.

I have, etc.,

Henry White.
[Inclosure in No. 742 (bis).—The Times, Friday, May 4, 1888.]


Mr. W. McArthur asked the under secretary of state for foreign affairs whether the convention of 1881 between Great Britain, Germany, and the United States of America, with regard to Samoa, had ceased to exist, and whether the Government intended to recognize Tamasese as King of Samoa.

Sir J. Fergusson. There was no such convention contracted in 1881. A convention was concluded in 1879 between Great Britain and Samoa, to which Germany and the United States subsequently became parties, providing for good order in the district of Apia and for the maintenance of neutrality in case of internal disturbances; and a further convention between the same powers in 1883 continuing the last. The German Government have announced their withdrawal from that convention, and Her Majesty’s Government have assented to the district of Apia being replaced under the control of the Samoan Government subject to the rights of the treaty powers.