Sir L. S.
Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.
(Received September 14, 1887.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose to you herewith a memorandum calling the attention of the United States Government to certain points in the report made by Lieutenant Schwatka, of the U. S. Army, of a reconnaissance made by him in Alaska, and to observe at the same time that he traversed British territory for a considerable distance without any intimation having been given to the British authorities of his intention of so doing. I may add, however, that Her Majesty’s Government do not attach any importance to this fact, and that no doubt had their acquiescence been asked it would not have been refused.
I have the honor, etc.,
- Resolved, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, directed to transmit to the Senate the official report by Lieut. Frederick Schwatka, U. S. Army, of his military reconnaissance of 1883, from Chilkoot Inlet, Alaska, to Fort Selkirk, on Yukon River, Alaska.↩