Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Olney.
Washington , February 6, 1896 .
Sir: On the 6th of September last the Acting Secretary of State addressed a note to Viscount Gough, Her Majesty’s chargé d’affaires, on the subject of the proposals which had been made to the United States Government by Her Majesty’s Government for a partial delimitation of the frontier between Alaska and Canada along the one hundred and forty-first western meridian. Her Majesty’s Government had proposed that the United States Government should take part in a joint survey; or, in the alternative, should recognize provisionally the results of a survey actually in progress by a well-known Canadian surveyor, Mr. William Ogilvie. Mr. Adee inquired whether the proposed survey could not be delayed until Congress had “had an opportunity to act upon the alternative proposition for a joint survey, and to make the proper appropriation therefor.” This suggestion was at once communicated by Lord Gough to the Canadian Government, and I have now received a dispatch from the Governor-General, in which his excellency transmits to me copy of an approved minute of the Canadian privy council, which I have the honor to inclose herewith. In that minute it is represented that it would not be possible to communicate with Mr. Ogilvie before next summer, when a considerable portion of the one hundred and forty-first meridian should already be marked on the ground.
In view of this fact, and of the delay that must necessarily ensue before a joint survey can be begun, it is suggested that the United States Government might consent to recognize Mr. Ogilvie’s demarkation for the present.
I have, etc.,