Mr. White to Mr. Sherman.
London, April 13, 1897.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith the translation of a telegram which I received from you on the 9th instant, relative to the Alaskan seal question, and of the reply which I sent you yesterday.
I also inclose a copy of a note which I thereupon addressed to Her Majesty’s Government, and which I handed at the foreign office, in the absence on the Continent of the Marquis of Salisbury, to the Hon. Francis Villiers, the assistant under secretary, who has charge of the American department.
Mr. Villiers at once read the note, but was not in a position, of course, to make any reply to the proposal therein made. He said, however, that it should receive the prompt attention of Her Majesty’s Government. I have since received a note from him to the same effect, of which I inclose a copy herewith, together with two telegrams from the American correspondent of the Times, and a leading article from that newspaper on the subject.
I had previously seen the Russian ambassador, to whom I communicated the views of the President and yourself relative to the seal question. His excellency said that the matter is one in which his Government takes much interest, and he promised to telegraph at once on the subject to St. Petersburg.
I shall lose no time in communicating to you by telegraph the substance of any answer which I may receive from the ambassador or from the foreign office prior to the arrival of Mr. Hay.
I have, etc.,