Mr. Lincoln to Mr. Foster.
London, February 28, 1893. (Received March 13.)
Sir: Referring to your instruction numbered 1027, of the 11th ultimo, I have the honor to inclose herewith copies of a note which I addressed to the Earl of Rosebery on the 9th instant, and of his lordship’s reply, with respect to the land claim of Mr. W. Webster in New Zealand.
In an interview with his lordship on the 15th instant, I had called his personal attention to the subject and had spoken briefly upon the difficult situation of Mr. Webster when he was led into writing the letter, which, in my view, was really only an expression of trust in the fair dealing of the land tribunal as to the good faith of his purchases, but was by the New Zealand authorities seized upon as an abandonment of his actual citizenship and estopping him from asserting his rights thereunder.
I have not understood that I was to propose an arbitration in the first Instance, and as the claim is being reconsidered, it would seem to be a subject for later consideration, if necessary.
I have, etc.,