439.41 St 3/16

The British Ambassador ( Howard ) to the Secretary of State

No. 290

Sir: Under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of Slate for Foreign Affairs, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a memorial49 drawn up by Messrs. Ballantine, Haddow and McLay of 39 Bath Street, Glasgow, as the legal representatives of Mr. D. McPhail, a British subject until recently a sugar planter in Santo Domingo. This document sets forth the circumstances which attended the brutal attack made upon Mr. McPhail by Dominican bandits on the night of September 27th/28th, 1921, in the course of which he received such serious injuries that besides being compelled forthwith to resign from his position as agricultural manager of the “Angelina” estate, Mr. McPhail has been unable since to perform any serious work.

Inasmuch as at the time of the outrage referred to above, all foreigners in Santo Domingo were under the protection of the Armed Forces of the United States then in occupation of that Republic, Mr. McPhail feels entitled to seek compensation for his injuries and severe financial losses from the United States Government and in that connection presents a claim for twenty-five thousand dollars.

I should be grateful to be informed in due course that this case is receiving careful consideration at the hands of the appropriate authorities.

I have [etc.]

Esme Howard
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