The British Embassy to the Department of State

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In a confidential note dated January 3rd15 the Secretary of State was informed that the Canadian Government were most anxious to arrange, if possible before January 31st next, for the signature of the [Page 490] treaty between the United States Government and the Government of Canada in regard to naval armament on the Great Lakes. On the date mentioned the Canadian Parliament will open and the Canadian Government are very desirous of laying the treaty before Parliament at its opening session. On January 8th the Secretary of State replied16 that the State Department would endeavour to expedite as much as possible the consideration which the American Government were giving to the matter.

His Majesty’s Embassy are anxious to learn whether the American Government are now hopeful of proceeding to the signature of the treaty before the 31st of January next.

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