Mr. Hay to Mr. Sherman.
London, April 13, 1898.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a note received to-day from the foreign office in answer to a note of the 9th of last June on the subject of Canadian copyright. This long delay has been occasioned as stated in the note by the necessity of consulting with the Dominion Government in regard to the matters under discussion.
The present position of the British and Dominion governments as to copyright is so clearly stated in the note that I need not repeat the statement. The essential point is that the Canadian government are not disposed to entertain our proposal for a convention, but they are considering the whole question of copyright, and hope to submit to Parliament amended legislation on the subject.
I am, etc.,