Mr. Bayard to Sir L. S. Sackville
Washington, February 14, 1888.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a letter from the Attorney-General, transmitting a copy of a letter to him, dated the 3d instant, from the United States attorney at Norfolk, Va., in relation to the misconduct of the commander of the British steamer North Erin when a deputy United States marshal attempted to serve process upon him, on the 2d instant, while the North Erin was inside Cape Henry, Virginia, and within the jurisdiction of the United States.
Should you deem it proper to do so, I will thank you to bring the matter to the attention of Her Majesty’s Government with a view to its being laid before the proper authorities for such action, if any, as they may be authorized to take, should they find the facts to be as stated, and the laws and regulations in relation to shipping make provision for the correction of the misconduct of officers of merchant vessels under such circumstances as the present case presents.
I have, etc.,