Mr. Bayard to Mr. Olney.
London, January 17, 1896. (Received Jan. 27.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note from Mr. Secretary Chamberlain, dated January 16 instant, to the foreign office, in relation to arrest of a number of the leading citizens of Johannesburg, and their imprisonment by the South African Government, among them being several citizens of the United States.
The comity and kindness of her Majesty’s Government in extending their protection over these American citizens, in a distant and disordered region, has been made known to you, and evoked expressions of your gratitude, which have heretofore been made the subject of my correspondence with the foreign office and yourself.
I am glad to see in the newspaper press proof of a recognition in the United States of the voluntary and friendly action by Her Majesty’s Government toward our fellow-countrymen held in durance under distressing and trying circumstances.
Mr. Chamberlain’s announcement that their cases will be watched by legal counsel employed under his direction, in common with British subjects in like condition, is very satisfactory, and I inclose a copy of a note I have addressed to Lord Salisbury, expressing appreciation of the comity and kindness thus exhibited toward our countrymen in South Africa.
I have, etc.,