Lord Gough to Mr. Olney.
Newport, R. I., September 26, 1895.
My Dear Mr. Olney: On the 10th of last month you were good enough to give me an opportunity of bringing before you, in a friendly and unofficial manner, the distressing situation of Mr. James Bain, formerly purser of the steamship Engineer, with a view to his obtaining, if possible, a voluntary grant of compensation.
In further explanation of the above case, I am requested by Her Majesty’s ambassador, who is just leaving for Canada, to inclose papers just received from the foreign office, viz: (1) Certificate of Dr. F. F. Paul, an eminent Liverpool surgeon, under whose care Mr. Bain was [Page 688] placed at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary; (2) certificate of Messrs. Richard Bulman, & Co., brokers of the Harrison Line steamers, in whose employ Mr. Bain had been for fourteen years; (3) personal affidavit made before the United States consul at Liverpool.
I am also to suggest that, under all the circumstances of the case, £500 would be a reasonable amount as compensation to Mr. Bain for the injuries he has received.
Believe me, etc.,