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OF THE

SAN JUAN WATER BOUNDARY

QUESTION

AS AFFECTING THE DIVISION OF TERRITORY BETWEEN

GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.

Deccion Pintere? Che Warricidienne

BY VISCOUNT MILTON, M.P.

COLLECTED AND COMPILED FROM OFFICIAL PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNMENTS
RESPECTIVELY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
AND OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

AND FROM OTHER SOURCES.

With Two Maps.

CLONDON: CASSELL, PETTER, AND GALPIN;

AND 596, BROADWAY, NEW YORK.

1869.

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PREFACE.

I NEED offer no apology for laying this statement before the Public, as I feel that upon an examination of the same, the importance of a question hitherto carefully veiled, will become apparent..

It is, however, necessary to apologise for the haste with which I have been obliged to put my materials together.

I have been desirous of laying before the Public some account of this question, preparatory to the discussion which must, at some period, and which will probably at once, ensue.

This history has been compiled mainly from documents published under the authority of the United States Senate; consisting of some of the letters, despatches, &c., which have passed between the Governments of Great Britain and the United States, and also of some of the communications between those Governments and their respective officers, naval and military, and between other persons more or less concerned in the conduct of affairs on the British-American Pacific coast.

I was at first doubtful whether I would not throw into the form of an Appendix the correspondence between the Commissioners respectively of Great Britain and of the United States, and between Lord Russell and Mr. Cass; but on further consideration, I felt that by so doing I should destroy the continuity of the story, and cast into the shade some of the most important of the papers bearing upon the question.

MILTON.

NOTE. The two Maps presented with this Volume are fac-similes, so far as they relate to the Boundary question, of those originally produced in the United States. Portions of each not affecting the question have been cut off, in order to facilitate the binding.

It should further be noticed that the names of many places are stated differently in the British and American Papers and Maps.

The best Map or Chart to be obtained in this country, containing the names of localities as given by British geographers, is a Chart prepared from the survey of Captain Richards and the Officers of Her Majesty's ship Plumper, 1858-9.

This Chart is published by the Admiralty, and sold by J. D. POTTER, Agent for Admiralty Charts, 31, Poultry, and 11, King Street, Tower Hill.

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