Ambassador Reid to the Secretary of State.
London, October 20, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to report the receipt of your telegram of the 13th instant and my action under it as shown in my telegram of the 16th instant.
As intimated in my dispatches, Lord Lansdowne has been out of town for some days. As he was expected on Monday, however, I sent a private note to his residence on Saturday, a few hours after the receipt of your dispatch, asking the favor of an appointment at as early an hour as convenient on Monday.
Finding on Monday that he had not yet returned, I went to the foreign office and saw the first permanent under secretary, Sir Thomas Sanderson, to whom I stated the substance of the information received from my government, and asked for the promptest action in communicating with the Newfoundland authorities, adding I was sure Sir Thomas would agree with me in the belief that if any new question were to be raised at this late date about the rights of American fishermen under the treaty of 1818 it should be raised through the regular diplomatic channels instead of through abrupt action on the part of the Newfoundland authorities. This view seemed to strike Sir Thomas as reasonable and he promised that on the return of Lord Lansdowne this should be one of the first subjects brought to his attention.
The same evening the unofficial letter from Lord Lansdowne mentioned in my cable despatch was sent to me at my private residence. To-day a note has been received from him (dated yesterday) repeating the statement that the governor of Newfoundland denies any attempt to prevent American fishermen from catching fish, and the hope that the reports which reached you were the result of misapprehension. A copy of this note is inclosed.
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