Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Olney.

Sir: With reference to previous correspondence on the subject of Mr. Bain’s claim for compensation for injuries received at New Orleans, I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a letter which has been addressed by him to Her Majesty’s secretary of state, and to invite your attention to the statements which it contains.

I have been instructed by the Marquis of Salisbury to report on the present position of Mr. Bain’s case, and I should be much obliged if you would inform me how soon I may be favored with a reply to my urgent representations on the subject.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.
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Mr. Bain to the Marquis of Salisbury.

My Lord: Referring to your communication of the 18th of January, I respectfully desire to inform your lordship of my arrival here from New Orleans, at which port I arrived on the 23d of January and left on the 1st instant.

On the 23d of January I was advised by the British consul to place myself at the disposal of the local authorities should they require me for examination, and immediately communicated with the mayor of the city. He replied to the British consul that he had not been officially advised from Washington and could not act.

On the 31st of January I received notice to appear before the attorney-general (Cunningham) to arrange for a date for my appearance as witness against the several men indicted for shooting with intent to kill.

I was examined by the attorney-general, District Attorney Butler, and Assistant Attorney Finney with regard to my injuries, losses, and expenses, and if I was able to identify the person who shot me. I stated that the first shot, striking me in the right orbit, blinded me and felled me to the ground, and upon my recovering myself and attempting to shelter from further attacks was shot down again and lay insensible until the shooting was over, and rescued by the officers of the steamship Engineer, thus proving it quite impossible for me to recognize any of the rioters. The attorney-general seemed surprised to learn that I had been shot down again a second time, yet he thought I had been shot by accident. He failed to see how I could have enemies among the men working constantly at the Harrison Line steamers. I pointed out the fact of several white men passing along the wharf repeatedly (after the colored screwmen and longshoremen had been driven from their work through fear of an attack on the 11th of March, the day previous to the riot) and casting unfriendly looks at me and the six men I had working with me receiving the cotton for the steamship Engineer.

There is no doubt that they looked upon me as an enemy to their cause by my helping to continue the work on the wharf which they were endeavoring to stop. I reminded them of the fact of the police staff not making their appearance until after the shooting had been done and leaving the ship and wharf insufficiently protected. They admitted that had the police been there they would not have been able to cope with the body of men reported to have joined the rioters, yet he (the attorney-general) says that Governor Foster did everything to avoid a riot. After my statement to the attorneys, and my inability to identify the man who shot me, they considered it unnecessary for my appearance as a witness.

The six men, police officers, who guarded the wharf and others identified the man indicted, but witnesses came forth and made oath that the accused were from the scene at the time of the occurrence; thus ended the examination.

I respectfully ask if any decision in my case has yet been communicated to your lordship by Sir J. Pauncefote?

I have, etc.,

James Bain.