Mr. Olney to Mr. Manion.


Have your cable 25th. British good offices were asked originally because it was represented that you were disabled by fever and that case was urgent, and because any other immediate and effective interposition seemed unavailable. United States is now acting independently, of course, in its own interest and for its own citizens, and not as the sympathizer or ally of any other power. You will therefore communicate directly with the Transvaal Republic and on behalf of United States, making most urgent representations in behalf of American citizens. If British subjects and leaders like Jameson are turned over to Great Britain, why should not Hammond and others be turned over to the United States? Insist upon Hammond’s parole. Have no objection to Brown acting with you in investigation and report. Understood Hammond and others are amply provided with counsel. What is maximum penalty of offense? Keep me advised of situation by cable.