Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Gresham.
Washington, March 20, 1895.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I am in receipt of a dispatch from Her Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs, in which his lordship informs me that the German Government has agreed that the surveys still necessary to complete the work of the Samoan land commission should be completed, at an estimated cost of £400, under the supervision of the consuls of the three treaty powers, and are ready to defray one-third of the expense.
The acting British consul at Apia has, therefore, been instructed to proceed in the matter, in conjunction with his German and United States colleagues, as soon as the latter receive the necessary instructions from their respective Governments.
I am instructed to add that her Majesty’s Government would be much obliged if similar orders were issued to the United States representatives, and also to point out that the consent of Her Majesty’s Government to defray one-third of the estimated cost is contingent upon the agreement of the United States Government to pay a similar share.
I have, etc.,