The British Appointed Ambassador ( Grey ) to the Secretary of State
Sir: With reference to the recent conference held between United States officials and Sir Douglas Hazen in connection with various fisheries questions pending between the United States and the Government of Canada, I have the honour to transmit to you, herewith, copy of a draft treaty which I have received from the Governor General of Canada.25 I should be much obliged if you would be good enough to inform me in due course whether the terms of this draft are acceptable to the United States Government.
In this connection I have the honour to enclose a copy of a Minute of the Canada Privy Council, dated the 27th of September, which has I understand already been communicated by Sir Douglas Hazen to your Department. It will be observed that in this Minute the Government of Canada express the view that it is important to make the full fish supply of the adjacent waters of the two countries freely available for the people of both countries, and recommend that the arrangement now proposed for the free shipment of fresh fish should be extended to fish packed in ice, canned, salted or preserved in any form, and also shell fish of all kinds, in the shell, canned or in bulk, including the container in all these cases.
The Dominion Authorities will be very glad to learn whether the conclusion of arrangements on the lines indicated would be acceptable [Page 265] to the United States Government and I should be obliged for any information on this point which you may be able to give them.
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