Sir L. S. Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: With reference to your note of the 17th of August, 1886,* I have the honor to inclose to you herewith copy of a report of the privy council for Canada, as well as copy of a letter from the officer in command of the Canadian schooner F. E. Conrad to the deputy minister of fisheries, relative to the accusation that he had forbidden the master of the United States schooner Golden Hind to enter the Baie des Chaleurs for the purpose of renewing his supply of fresh water.

In communicating to you these documents I am requested by the Marquis of Salisbury to express to you his regret that the United States Government should have remained so long without a reply to their representation in this case.

I have, etc.,

L. S. Sackville West.
[Inclosure 1.]

Report of a committee of the privy council of Canada, approved October 27, 1887.

The committee of the privy council for Canada have had under consideration a dispatch, dated the 9th of September, 1886, from the right honorable the secretary of state, for the colonies, transmitting a copy of a communication from the foreign office, together with a note from Mr. Secretary Bayard, protesting against the action of the commander of the Canadian cruiser F. E. Conrad in forbidding the master of the United States fishing schooner Golden Hind to enter the Baie des Chaleurs for the purpose of renewing his supply of fresh water.

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The minister of marine and fisheries, to whom the dispatch and inclosure were referred, submits herewith Captain Smeltzer’s statement of what occurred on the day the schooner Golden Hind is stated to have been at Baie des Chaleurs.

The minister observes that Captain Smeltzer denies that the master of the Golden Mind mentioned any desire to enter the bay for water, but that he asked for a copy of the “warning,” which had been issued by the fisheries department to the masters of United States fishing vessels, which was given him. This “warning” states distinctly the purposes for which United States fishing vessels can enter Canadian ports.

The minister further observes that there are no grounds to substantiate the charge of a violation of the treaty and the common rights of hospitality, to which Mr. Bayard gives expression.

[Inclosure 2.]

No. 545.
Mr. M. Smeltzer to the deputy minister of fisheries, Ottawa.

Sir: I am this day in receipt of your letter, dated 27th of September, concerning a complaint made by Reuben Cameron, master of the American fishing schooner Golden Hind, of Gloucester. In reply, referring to my boarding books, I find I boarded the said vessel on the 22d July, 1886, near the entrance to the Baie des Chaleurs. On boarding him I asked for his report, etc., which he gave me. I then told him my orders were not to allow any American fisherman to enter the bay, and warned him not to do so. He then asked me if I had any printed “warnings “to give him; I told him I had. He then sent his boat to my vessel for the same. I gave him one, and to impress my orders on his mind, I wrote on the back, “Don’t enter the Baie des Chaleurs.” He did not say he wanted water, nor did he say he wanted to go into Port Daniel. He merely asked me about the headlands of the bay. The foregoing particulars are exactly what occurred with reference to my boarding the said schooner Golden Hind.

I am, etc.,

M. Smeltzer,
In command of Schooner F. E. Conrad.