Mr. Bayard to Mr. Gresham.

No. 217.]

Sir: As relating to the subject of your Instruction No. 342 of April 6, last, I have now the honor to inclose herewith copy of a letter published to-day from Sir Edward Grey, parliamentary under secretary of state for foreign affairs, giving a full and explicit denial of any action or intent on the part of any of the officials of Her Majesty’s Government to assist the restoration of monarchy in Brazil, or interfere in the contest there raging.

This is in full accord with the expressions of Lord Rosebery, when secretary of state for foreign affairs, in a conversation with me at the foreign office, which were duly communicated by me at the time of utterance.

I have, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure in No. 217.—Cutting from the Standard, May 11, 1894.]

the revolt in brazil.

Sir J. Blundell Maple, M. P., at the request of constituents in Dulwich, recently called the attention of the Government to allegations made by the Rio correspondent of the New York Herald, to the effect that the commanders and crews of the British war ships at Rio aided and counseled Admiral da Gama; that British merchant vessels supplied the insurgents with food; that British subjects conveyed letters to and from the shore for the rebels; and that money had been transmitted through British banks and mercantile firms for the rebel agents.

The following reply has now been received:

Foreign Office, May 4, 1894.

Dear Sir: The action of Her Majesty’s representative at Rio, and of the British naval officers, was directed solely to protect British commerce, and to preserve complete impartiality during the recent disturbances.

“Any statement that the British officials joined in any attempt to restore the monarchy, or in any way to change the political situation, is absolutely untrue.

“Yours, faithfully,

Edward Grey.

“To Sir J. Blundell Maple, M. P.