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The Foreign Office records filmed under the Australian Joint Copying Project are all records created after 1872. They consist of material dealing mainly with the Pacific area and correspondence concerning British and other colonial policies and dependencies in the area.
The finding aid includes the following record groups:
General Correspondence from political and other departments
This broad group of records consists chiefly of original despatches and reports from British diplomatic and consular representatives abroad, correspondence with foreign missions in England, etc. The group consists of three categories.
1. General Correspondence before 1906
This group of Series is arranged alphabetically by Series bearing the names of the foreign countries concerned and includes: United States (FO 5), Borneo (FO 12), France (FO 27), Pacific Islands (FO 58), Prussia and Germany (FO 64), and Sardinia (FO 67).
2. General Correspondence after 1906
These Series are not arranged by country, but by headings such as Commercial, Consular and Political and include: Political (FO 371) and Registers of General Correspondence (FO 566).
3. Other Series
The only Class copied from the category is: Great Britain and General (FO 83).
Embassy and Consular Archives
Only one Series has been copied by the AJCP in this group of records: France (FO 687).
Records of Conference, Committees and Councils
Records relating to the 1919-1920 Peace Conference (FO 608).
Records of Private Office and Private Papers
The personal papers of Foreign Secretaries and officials of the Foreign Office (FO 800) including Sir Frank Cavendish Lascelles (1841-1920), Sir James Ferguson (1832-1907), Sir Walter Langley (1855-1918), Sir Edward Grey (1862-1933), Henry Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice (1845-1927), James Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937), Rufus Daniel Isaacs (1860-1935), Sir Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937), , Sir Orme Sargent (1884-1962), Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), Sir John Simon (1873-1954), Edward l Wood (1881-1959), James Bryce (1838-1922), Sir Arthur Nicolson (1849-1928) and Ernest Bevin (1881-1951).
Available for access.
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Citation of items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material at the National Archives of the UK and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.
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Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1950s-1990s (AJCP Reels: 1507; 1509; 5779; 7115; 1509-1539; 1672-1798; 2884-2894; 2894-2898; 2902-2913; 3500-3548; 3585-3683; 3688-3693; 3971-4097; 4352-4391; 4941-5019; 6309-6317; 6310-6317; 6333-6338; 6839-6841; 6898-6910; 6972-6992; 7270-7282; 7295-7313).
Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.
The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
Collection Reference: FO. For further information see Records created or inherited by the Foreign Office, The National Archives of the UK (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C130)
Digitised copies of this material may be available from The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
Series within this Collection available online: FO 800
For more information see: TNA Digital Microfilm Records
The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn7793198] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.
Dates used in the this finding aid refer to those of the records selected for filming by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) rather than to the date range of the original Series or File.
This online finding aid, published by the National Library of Australia in 2018, is a revised online version of the original paper handbooks:
Australian Joint Copying Project. Handbook Part 5. Foreign Office, National Library of Australia and State Library of New South Wales, reprinted 1984.
Australian Joint Copying Project. Handbook Part 11. Classes filmed in the final five years of the Autralian Joint Copying Project, pp. 108-145, National Library of Australia, 2005.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.
Great Britain: Foreign Office
This revised finding-aid was originally published as:
Australian Joint Copying Project. Handbook Part 11. Classes filmed in the final five years of the Australian Joint Copying Project, pp. 108-145, National Library of Australia, 2005.
Until 1782, the two secretaries of state under the direction of the Sovereign shared responsibility for foreign affairs. In 1872 the office of the Northern Department became the Foreign Office, headed by a single Secretary of State. There were originally two political departments, each divided geographically.
Jeremy Sneyd, the Chief Clerk, described the functions of the new office in 1785:
The business of the Secretary of State's Office for the Foreign Department, consists in conducting the correspondence with all Foreign Courts, negotiating with the Ambassadors or Ministers of all the Foreign Courts in Europe, as well as of the United States of America, and receiving and making representations and applications to and from the same, and in corresponding with the other principal Departments of the State thereupon.
By the end of the eighteenth century the selection of a Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs had become largely a matter for the Prime Minister rather than the Sovereign, with foreign policy being directed by a Cabinet within which the Foreign Secretary was a pre-eminent member.
During the nineteenth century, some general departments were created, such as the Treaty and Royal Letters Department (1814), Consular Department (1825), Slave Trade Department (1841), Commercial Department (1865) and Communications Department (1922). Compared to most departments of state, the organisation and functions of the Foreign Office changed very little in two hundred years. At different times, it has taken over some of the functions of other offices, such as the Board of Trade, and in 1968 it merged with the Commonwealth Office.
Until 1906, most of the records of the Foreign Office were arranged by country and the Australian Joint Copying Project filmed several of those Series, usually selectively: Pacific Islands, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. After 1906 the records are not grouped by country but under headings such as Political, Commercial and Consular.
Until 1909, no distinction was made between those Foreign Office records created before 1872 and those created after that date. The earlier records were designated State Papers Foreign, the remainder being classified as the Foreign Office Group.
Departments of the Foreign Office
The departments of the Foreign Office fall into two categories - political and non-political. There were originally two political departments, one for each Under Secretary, again divided geographically. There were numerous administrative changes after 1815, including the abolition of the third Under Secretaryship in 1827 with subsequent rearrangement of the departments. That then superintended by the Government Under Secretary included Austria, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt and Greece. The Permanent Under Secretary headed a department including Russia, Prussia, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, German States, North and South America and Persia.
Until 1825 no organisational distinction was drawn between diplomatic and consular affairs. In that year, following the Consular Advances Act, a separate Consular Department was established. The Senior Clerk was nominally responsible to the Under Secretaries, each of whom was concerned with the consular affairs of the countries under his political superintendence. Consuls did not necessarily deal exclusively with the Consular Department; some posts conducted both a political and consular series of correspondence, and most posts corresponded to some extent with the other non-political departments.
Slave Trade Department
This department was responsible for executing the various treaties for the suppression of slavery which arose from the Congress of Vienna, but was not classed as part of the Foreign Office establishment until 1841. The superintendent of the department was subject to the direction of one of the Under Secretaries. The Slave Trade Department gradually assumed responsibility for mostly business relating to Africa.
A combined Consular and Slave Trade Department was created in 1872, but existed only until 1877 when a Consular Sub-Division was created. In 1880, a separate Consular Department was re-established. Sanitary affairs (cattle, quarantine, and pilgrims), previously dealt with by the Consular Sub-Division, remained within the Slave Trade Department, which was renamed the Slave Trade and Sanitary Department.
The year 1865 saw the establishment of a separate Commercial Department, resulting from the recommendations of the Committee on Trade with Foreign Nations. The new department controlled correspondence on commercial matters with consulates abroad, the Board of Trade and other Government departments, Commercial associations, etc.
In October 1866 a combined Consular and Commercial Department was formed; this lasted until 1872 when a separate Commercial Department was re-established. This revived department was responsible for all matters concerning commercial treaties and tariffs, industrial questions, laws relating to commerce, etc.
In the general reorganisation of Foreign Office Departments at the end of 1882, consular, commercial, African and sanitary affairs were re-allocated between the Consular and African Department, and the Commercial and Sanitary Departments.
The other main administrative departments within the Foreign Office were the Chief Clerk's Department, the Treaty and Royal Letter Department, and the Library and Registry.
Despatches and reports between British diplomatic representatives and the Foreign Office including United States, Borneo, France, Holland and Netherlands, Pacific Islands, Prussia and Germany, Sardinia and general political correspondence.
The records filmed comprise despatches and correspondence between the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office officials in London and (i) British diplomatic and consular officials in the United States and (ii) United States diplomatic officials in London.
The following pieces were filmed in their entirety: 1385, 1388, 2357, 2401, 2406, 2575. All other pieces were filmed selectively.
Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1950s to 1990s (AJCP Reels: 5779, 7270-7282)).
Series Reference: FO 5. For further information, see FO 5 at The National Archives of the UK (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C7325
The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1727088] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.
Australia: naval stations; Boyd, Benjamin; Convicts; Cotton; Fenian Brotherhood; Fenianism in Australia; Fiji; Guano; Hawaii; Hawaii: Treaty; Honolulu; Maori; New Zealand; New Zealand: annexation; Plague; Samoa; Sandwich Island: independence; Sandwich Islands; Shenandoah (ship); United States of America; Van Diemen's Land: US transportees
Re British authorities in New South Wales entering into treaties with Native chiefs in New Zealand and seeking to extend British Authority over the New Zealand Islands. Rights of US merchants there.
That announcement of the acquisition of New Zealand territory in London Gazette on 2 Oct 1840: hopes a settled government there will be advantageous to commerce.
That the US Discovery expedition is at the Sandwich Islands.
Suggesting that Sandwich Isalnds be taken under the protection of Great Britain, since France, Russia and US are trying to esatblish settlements there (copy).
That Lord George Paulet of HMS Carysfort has taken possession of Sandwich Islands for G.B. without authorisation.
That Britain and France have entered into an agreement to protect independence of Sandwich Islands and hope US will also enter.
Re US belief that Sandwich Islands should not fall under domination of any foreign pwer. Includes reports in Daily National Intelligence 2 Jan and 14 Jan 1843.
That news of seizure of the Sandwich Island by Lord George Paulet received in Washington. Includes press cutting.
That will communicate Foreign Office despatch on unauthorised nature of the seizure of the Sandwich Islands to US Government.
That the occupation of Sandwich Islands was unauthorised by H.M. Government.
That US Government takes a deep interest in the Sandwich Islands (copy).
Re protest by King of Sandwich Islands against British occupation of the islands. Includes press cutting from Boston newspaper.
Sending reports from New York newspapers on the Society Islands. (New York Commercial Advertiser, New York Saturday Afternoon Oct 21 1843.
That the French government have M. Pageot to act in concert with Pakenham relative to Texas and Sandwich Islands.
Re refusal of US to enter into the agreement between GB and France re independence of Sandwich Islands.
That M. Pageot has not received instructions from French government to act in concert with him re Sandwich Islands.
That M. Pageot has still not heard from French government; agitation locally to strengthen position of US in the Pacific.
That US government will not join agreement between France and GB as to independence of the Sandwich Islands.
That US refuses to be a party to the agreement between France and GB re Sandwich Islands.
Sending certificate of citizenship and of good character for David Allen, US citizen transported to Van Diemen's Land for participating in revolt in Canada in 1838, and requesting pardon for him.
That Colonial Office have agreed to recommend David Allen to Her Majesty for a free pardon.
Acknowledges letter of 2 March.
Asking for a free pardon for another ten U.S. citizens transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1838.
That request for pardon of ten U.S. citizens granted.
Acknowledges letter of 7 May.
Asking for free pardons for another 17 US citizens transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1838.
That request for 17 US citizens is granted.
Asking for a pardon for Luther Darby, U.S. citizen transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1838.
Granting pardon for eight U.S. citizens transported to Van Diemen's Land.
Acknowledging letter of 6 July 1844.
That Luther Darby will be pardoned.
Acknowledging letter of 19 July 1844.
Asking for a pardon for two US citizens transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1838.
That pardon will be granted to two U.S. citizens.
Acknowledging letter of 21 Oct 1844.
Re David Allen, transported to Van Diemen's Land 1838.
That David Allen will be pardoned.
Re eight U.S. citizens transported to Van Diemen's Land.
Approving of his actions with regard to letter from King of the Sandwich Islands.
Re attack by natives in New Zealand.
Re cargo of arms being sent to Williams, U.S. Consul in New Zealand, and attempts by U.S. personnel to incite New Zealand natives.
Re letter to President of U.S. from King of Sandwich Islands.
Re request of King of Sandwich Islands to US President to recall Brown (copy).
That he has transmitted thanks of H.M. Government to U.S. government for action by Capt. Keever during attack by New Zealand natives.
Re loading of arms by U.S. vessell in Adelaide bound for New Zealand and incitement of natives in New Zealand by U.S. consuls Williams and Mayhew.
Re loading of U.S. Brig Falco with arms bound for New Zealand (copies).
Re incitement of natives by Americans.
That only the flag of Britain is to be hoisted and no other national flag and that only the flag of Britain is to be hoisted and no other national flag and that Williams has been recognised as US Consul.
That American whalers have been inciting the natives.
Re remaining U.S. transportees, together with lists of those recommended to be pardoned, and those whose 'conduct has not been good'.
Re relations between France and Sandwich Islands and desire of U.S. to annex the islands. Memo by Lord Palmerston.
Re effects of forthcoming U.S. presidential election on annexation of Sandwich Islands.
Enclosing copy of despatch to L. Leverance, U.S. Commissioner, Honolulu re independence of Sandwich Islands.
That gold has been discovered in N.S.W. and many ships are leaving San Francisco for Australia.
That a fast ship has been purchased by a party intending to revolutionise the Sandwich Islands.
That expedition postponed and the ship sold.
Concerning Benjamin Boyd of yacht Wanderer detained in the Solomon Islands; Crampton to enlist sympathy of U.S. government.
Re Thomas Meagher transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1848 for his part in Irish rebellion has escaped and is now in New York. Two press cuttings concerning Meagher.
Re the reception accorded Meagher in New York and press cuttings of a letter by Meagher describing his escape from Van Diemen's Land.
Asking for U.S. Government assistance in discovering the fate of Benjamin Boyd of yacht Wanderer in Solomon Islands.
Enclosed in letter of 5 July 1852.
That U.S. Government will assist HM government in ascertaining fate of B. Boyd.
Enclosed in letter of 9 July 1852.
That certain Americans wish to spread philosophy of republicanism to Australia, formation of 'The Order of the Lone Star'.
That aim of 'Order of the Lone Star' is to revolutionise Cuba, Canada and Australia.
Sending copy of despatch from HM Consul in New York re arrival there of transportee Meagher.
Re speech by Cpt. Sleigh in presence of Meagher.
Asking them to enlist assistance of American government and captains of American whalers in search for his brother presumed captive in Guadalcanal Solomon Islands.
That they will make enquiries as to whereabouts of his brother and suggesting he enlist support of Americans.
That the matter will be brought to the attention of HM Minister in Washington.
Re escape of transportee Meagher from Van Diemen's Land to New York.
That U.S. government have issued an official notice about his brother.
Re letter of 30 July 1852 asking for the thanks of his family to be passed to the US government.
Enclosing copy of despatch from Lt Governor La Trobe on revolutionisation of Australia and asking Crampton to ascertain if there are any designs in the U.S. to make Australia a republic (enclosed letter not filmed).
That no plan by U.S. citizens to revolutionise Australia, but such a revolution would be welcome; public attention to Australia awaken by discovery of gold; great sympathy for transportees. 2 press cuttings.
Re plans by U.S. to annex Sandwich Islands. Press cuttings.
Re escape of transportee John Mitchell from Australia and public reception for him San Francisco.
Re reception for John Mitchell. Press cuttings describing his escape from Van Diemen's Land (copy).
Detailing meeting with Marcy, U.S. Secretary of State, on U.S. intentions towards Sandwich Islands.
That his French colleague has received instructions regarding French attitude to U.S. and Sandwich Islands.
Re reception according John Mitchell and press cuttings re this and his escape from Australia.
Re dinner held for John Mitchell in New York attended by several U.S. public figures.
Re truth of report that messenger from U.S. President had arrived in Honolulu to arrange annexation of Sandwich Islands.
That he is to make known to U.S. Secretary of State the displeasure of H.M. Government at recent action of U.S. government in Sandwich Islands.
That French government concurs with view of British government regarding proposed annexation of Sandwich Islands by U.S.
That not to act on despatches until receives message by next mails.
Sending amended copy of despatch no. 219 of 6 Oct.
Re annexation of Sandwich Islands.
Re proposal made to King of Sandwich Islands to place himself under the protection of Great Britain, France, and U.S.
Re speech in House of Representatives by Washburn by Maine in favour of U.S. annexation of Sandwich Islands. Includes press cuttings and reprint of speech.
Sending copy of resolution by Senator Clayton of Delaware for the President to communicate copies of correspondence between U.S. and Great Britain regarding Sandwich Islands.
Reporting interview with Marcy, Secretary of State re President's determination to annex Sandwich Islands.
Re arrival of Mr Lee from Sandwich Islands in Washington. Encloses copies of 19 March 1855 W. Miller (Woahoo) to Crampton re appointment of Mr Lee and 14 March 1855 Mr Willie (Honolulu) to Mr Miller re safeguarding independence of Sandwich Islands and Draft quadripartite convention.
Re commercial treaty between Hawaii and USA; report on meeting between Crampton, Lee and Boilleau (French legation); 18 July 1855 Lee to Marcy US Secretary of State, re independence of Sandwich Islands (copy); proposed declaration of independence.
Re visit of W. Lee to U.S. Secretary of State and enclosing copy of 21 September 1855 W. Marcy to W. Lee re U.S. policy on Sandwich Islands.
Re request by W. Lee that HM Government will station a man of war in vicinity of Sandwich Islands to safeguard its neutrality and independence; 24 Sept 1855 Crampton to Lee that will forward his request (copy); 24 Sept 1855, Lee to Crampton hoping that Great Britain and France will safeguard independence of Sandwich Islands (copy).
Re discovery of guano on Pacific Islands and visit of U.S. frigate Independence to Samoan Islands, with newspaper cuttings.
Sending samples of superior cotton grown in Tonga, possibility of growing it in New South Wales.
Enclosed within letter from Board of Trade to Foreign Office dated 1 January 1859.
That he has notified Governor of Victoria re. activities of Shenandoah in Pacific. Newspaper cutting re. Shenandoah at Melbourne.
Enclosed within letter of 22 May 1865 from Admiralty to Foreign Office.
Re visit to England by Queen Emma and possible sale of Sandwich Islands to England (rough draft and draft).
Re discovery of guano on Jarvis Island (Lat. 0'22 S, Long. 159 degrees 50W) and Fanning Island (Lat 3 50N Long. 159 11 W).
Re attempted assassination of Duke of Edinburgh in Sydney, reception of news in Washington.
Re reports from San Francisco of the arrival of emigrants from New South Wales expecting employment on Central Pacific Railroad.
Re encouragement given to intending US migrants in Sydney by U.S. Consul (Copy).
Re despatch from Governor of Victoria re petition to US President inviting protectorate of the US for Fiji Islands.
Indicating policy of HMG with regard to belligerent vessels in British ports, especially concerning Shenandoah at Melbourne.
Enclosing letter from Dept of State of 27 Aug 1866 re claims of U.S. citizens for losses suffered through actions of Alabama and Shenandoah and other ships equipped in British ports.
Sending cutting from Sydney Morning Herald re U.S. securing harbour in Samoan Islands.
Re alleged U.S. Protectorate over Samoa and message from President of U.S. on commerce with certain British possessions (printed).
Correspondents include the Admiralty; Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Lt Waddell (Commander of Shenandoah, Sir Charles Darling (Melbourne), Charles Adams (U.S. Minister, London), William Blanchard (U.S. Consul, Melbourne), J. M. Mason (Leamington) with notice to circulate to ports in the Pacific re capture of Shenandoah.
Includes copies of circular to all Colonies re capture of Shenandoah.
Copies of correspondence between William Blanchard (U.S. Consul, Melbourne), Sir Charles Darling (Melbourne), Charles Adams (London), U.S. State Dept (Washington) on the reception of Shenandoah at Melbourne; depositions of seamen on ships attacked by Shenandoah, copies of extracts from Melbourne newspapers re reception of Shenandoah.
Enclosed in letter of 28 December 1865.
Included details of reception in Melbourne, and crew list showing those who joined the ship in Melbourne. Enclosed in letter of 28 December 1865.
Including despatch of 21 March 1866 from Sir Charles Darling.
(57pp). Particulars as to first voyage of Sea King (alias Shenandoah) from Liverpool, including crew lists (gives details of several seaman born in Australia and New Zealand) October 1864.
6 Nov 1871. Lord Canterbury (Melbourne) to Lord Kimberley enclosing: Narrative of facts respecting the Confederate States Steamer of War 'Shenandoah' whilst in port of Melbourne in the Colony of Victory with Appendix (1871?) 72p (printed).
25 Sept 1871 Thomas Adamson (U.S. Consul, Melbourne) to J.C. Davis (Assistant Secretary of State, Washington) re reception of Shenandoah at Melbourne and with copies of depositions of George Washington Robbins (Sandridge), Samuel Lord (Melbourne), James Monteath (Melbourne) and list of goods shipped on Shenandoah, brought from H.B. Donaldson and Co. (41p).
That Italian arbitrator gave casting vote against Britain in case of Shenandoah
Re proceedings re Shenandoah and the number of crew taken on board at Melbourne.
That U.S., Swiss and Italian arbitrators condemn Britain as regards Shenandoah from date of leaving Melbourne.
Re English liability for Shenandoah
Sending copies (in French) of Sir Roundell Palmers Argument on question of recruitment of men at Melbourne (14p, printed) and Observations par M Cushing et Memorandum sur les enrolements par le Shenandoah (p11-17, printed)
Re award by Arbitrators against Great Britain.
(7p printed). Judgement of Mr Adams as to Shenandoah (6p, printed) Expose des opinions de M. Le Vicomte D'Itajuba (as to) Shenandoah (1p, printed). Expose de M. Stoempfli (as to) Shenandoah (p7-13, printed). Opinions du Comte Frederic Sclopis (as to) Shenandoah (p11-17, printed).
Re proposals to establish US naval station at Pearl River, Hawaiian Islands. Includes: newspaper cutting.
Enclosed within letter of 20 March 1873 from Admiralty to Foreign Office.
Enclosed within letter of 20 March 1873 from Admiralty to Foreign Office. (4p)
Enclosed within letter of 20 March 1873.
Enclosed within letter of 6 Feb 1873.
Forwarding copy of despatch from Sir Edward Thornton to Sandwich Islands.
Enclosing Report on Samoa or Navigator's Islands by Mr Steinberger (printed).
Re Reciprocity Treaty between U.S. and Sandwich Islands and enclosing Congressional Record Vol 3 no 79, 25 March 1875 reported speech of John H. Mitchell in support of Treaty.
Re Reciprocity Treaty between U.S. and Sandwich Islands and enclosing Congressional Record Vol 3 no 79, 25 March 1875 reporting speech of John H. Mitchell in support of Treaty.
Re letter received from N.S.W. on subject of delay of Australian mails.
Enclosed in letter of 7 February 1876.
Re departure of John Mitchell (escaped transportee) from New York for Ireland. Includes press cuttings.
Re departure of John Mitchell for Ireland.
With resume of John Mitchell's movements since escaping from Van Diemen's Land.
Re naturalisation of John Mitchell. Includes photographic copy of affidavit of John Mitchell asserting his citizenship of U.S.
Re delay in Australian mails (34). Has two additional enclosed letters.
Enclosed in letter of 7 Feb 1876.
Enclosing table showing dates mail arrived at San Francisco for Australia from Great Britain and time of forwarding. Enclosed in letter of 7 Feb 1876.
(287) Re trespass on Lacepede Island. Has two enclosed letters.
Re extraction of guano from Lacepede Island. Enclosed in letter of 13 Nov 1876.
That US consul in Melbourne is to be requested to report on the matter. Enclosed in letter of 13 Nov 1876.
Re capture of Captain Hayes, wanted in connection with labour traffic in South Pacific; list of correspondence forwarded to Thornton.
That Hayes has been released by Spanish.
Re dismissal of Col. Steinberger from post in Samoa.
Re activities of William Hayes. Includes copies of two letters.
Re arrest of U.S. citizen Hayes by Spanish authorities and description of the labour traffic in South Seas. Enclosed in letter of 3 April 1876.
Supporting British authorities in attempt to convict Hayes. Enclosed in letter of 3 April 1876.
Re compensation claimed by U.S. for damages in Fiji. Includes copies of two letters.
Re claims of U.S. citizens. Enclosed in letter of 24 July 1876.
Enclosed in letter of 24 July 1876.
Re discussions on conveyance of British mails for Australia across US.
Re alleged filibustering expedition to Samoa by Col. Steinberger. Includes two enclosed letters.
Enclosed in letter of 30 April 1876.
That the government has no knowledge of such an expedition. Enclosed in letter of 30 April 1876.
Re alleged filibustering expedition. Includes five enclosed letters.
Enclosed in letter of 12 June 1877. Four letters enclosed within this letter.
Re arming of Captain Ogden's trading vessel being the basis of the rumour. Enclosed in letter of 12 June 1877.
That he has no knowledge of expedition to Samoan Islands; his own trading activities and those of Col Steinberger. Enclosed in letter of 12 June 1877.
Re German interest in Samoan affairs and alleged filibustering expedition. Includes two letters enclosed.
Enclosed in letter of 19 June 1877.
With report on alleged expedition and on American trading ships in the harbour. Enclosed in letter of 19 June 1877.
That filibustering expedition is not being organised at Virginia City, Nevada. Enclosed in letter of 30 June 1877.
Re hoisting of American flag at Samoa, including press cutting and Foreign Office memorandum (27 Aug 1877).
Re conflict in Samoa between US and British consuls (including press cutting).
Concerning American claims to Lacepede Islands and forwarding copies of correspondence between William Robinson and Lord Carnarvon 27 Oct - 2 Nov 1876. Includes Protest of U.S. consular Agent for W.A. against the action of the government of W.A. in claiming and exercising jurisdiction over the Lacepede Islands , Perth, G.P., 1876. 12p (printed) and memorandum by W.A. Attorney General (63pp).
That claim of U.S. Government to Lacepede Islands cannot be supported in International Law.
Enclosing extracts from report to Commodore of Australian station regarding Lacepede Islands and murder of Dr. James and Mr. Thorugreen by New Guinea natives on Yule Islands September 1876 - January 1877 (9p).
Re treaty between U.S. and Samoa.
Re text of Treaty between U.S. and Samoa, and newspaper cutting on same.
Re text of Treaty between U.S. and Samoa.
Forwarding copy of Treaty between US and Samoan Islands: friendship and commerce 1878, 3p (printed).
Re appointment of Gilderoy Griffiths as US consul at Fiji and Thomas Dawson as U.S. consul at Samoa.
Re instructions given to US consul at Samoa. Includes enclosed letters.
Re instructions given to US consul at Samoa to cooperate with colleagues. Enclosed within letter of 23 September 1878.
Re activities of German consul in Samoa.
Re attack on US property authorised by HM consul
Enclosures bound in 1568 after letter of 24 Dec 1877 from Welsh.
Includes enclosed letter.
Enclosed in letter of 7 April 1879.
Re American claims to Pago Pago. Includes press cutting.
Re American claims to Pago Pago and newspaper reports of treaty between Maliesta and Sir Arthur Gordon.
Whether he should question the Secretary of State on Samoa.
Re request made by King of Samoa that England, Germany and U.S. should consult together re one of them assuming direction of the government of Samoa.
Re correspondence received from the King of Samoa.
Re A.B. Steinberger's claim for compensation for treatment received in Samoan Islands in 1876.
Includes: camp no. 47 - junior guardsman Thomas Darragh, one of the rescued Australian prisoners.
Letter was read before the camps in the City of Philadelphia (mentions Australian Prisoners Relief Rund).
Re reported dissatisfaction of Australian Fenian organisation with financial affairs of V.C. of America.
Re activities of Michael Russell, one of rescued Australian prisoners.
Despatch 9 and 15 not in file.
That U.S. consul has been instructed to recognise King of Samoa.
Re meeting with Ewarts on questions of Samoa.
Re U.S. recognition of King Malietoa.
Re annexation of Rotumah Island to Fiji. Despatch 16 not in file.
Re U.S. opinion on government of Apia.
Has enclosed letter
Re HMG's policy with regard to Samoa. Enclosed in letter of 27 September 1880.
Re secret negotiations between U.S. and King of Sandwich Islands.
Re possible secret negotiations between U.S. government and King of Sandwich Islands.
Re possible secret negotiations between U.S. government and King of Hawaii.
Report of meeting with Ewarts, U.S. State Department re Samoan affairs. Has enclosed letter.
Enclosed in letter of 21 February 1881.
On Art 4 of TReaty between U.S. and Hawaiian Islands of 31 January 1875, and suggested reply to Lowell, including note (18 Carlton House Terrace) that Lord Granville is inclined not to answer.
Re Fenian activities, including report on Kelly who was one of gang who in 1876 whent to Australia on Catalpa and rescued Fenians from Western Australia.
That Sir Henry Parkes has arrived and wishes to discuss with U.S. government the importation of Australian wool into U.S.
Report of meeting between Sir Henry Parkes and Bancroft Davis on subject of Australian wool.
(Commercial 35) re Reciprocity Treaty between U.S. and Hawaii.
Re secret Fenian meeting attended by Tom Brennan, captain of Catalpa which rescued Fenians from Australia.
Re Hawaiian Treaty with Senate Joint Resolution and Foreign Office minute of 3 February 1883.
Re enquiry by Frederick Allen as to possible Reciprocity Treaty between Australia and Hawaii.
Re protest by Hawaiian Government at annexation of any Polynesian territory (includes cutting and copy of cable).
Has enclosed letter.
Enclosed in letter of 18 May 1883.
Re fraudulent sale of sheep to Australian government. Sent with letter of 4 December 1884.
Re sale of diseased sheep by William Markham to Australian government. Sent with letter of 10 November 1884.
Re treaty between U.S. and Hawaii and news cutting.
Re conversation with Hawaiian minister Mr Carter, on possible annexation of Hawaiian Islands by U.S.
Re Carter's mission to Berlin, London and Paris. Despatch 299 not in file.
Re Treaty between U.S. and Hawaii, and press cuttings from New York Tribune.
(Treaty 47) re treaty with Hawaii and copy of Joint Resolution of Senate terminating convention of June 3 1875 with King of Hawaii.
Despatch no. 43 not in file.
Despatch no. 133 not in file.
Re proposed termination of Reciprocity Treaty between U.S. and Sandwich Islands. Despatch not in file.
Re abrogation of Treaty with Hawaii.
Re conference on Samoa. Includes: memorandum (6p).
Re conference on Samoa. Includes: Precis of conference (2p); Notes of Mr Bayard's statement (18p).
Forwarding copy of Honolulu Gazette 1 July 1887 re crisis of government on Hawaii.
Forwarding letter of 15 Feb 1888
Forwarded with letter of 16 February 1888.
Re difficulty of negotiating with U.S.A., especially over Samoa and Hawaii.
Re postal communication between U.S. and British colonies.
Enclosed within letter of 11 April 1888.
Re postal arrangements between U.S. and British colonies, including Draft note verbale.
Re treaty between U.S. and Hawaii negotiated by Dr Mott Smith, with newspaper cutting.
36p. Includes information on Australasian seal fishing industry.
Re telgraphic communication across Pacific Ocean and enclosing copy of speech by Richard Bland in House of Representatives.
With results of Congressional elections, influence of Democratic Party policy on Hawaii.
Re President's message to Congress, including policy on Samoa. Includes Congressional Record, 4 December 1894.
Forwarding copy of extracts from letter of 28 May from Commander in Chief of Pacific Station re affairs in Sandwich Islands.
Re his travels in Pacific through Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Sandwich Islands.
Re facilities for H.C. Stanley during his inquiry on behalf of Queensland Government into railways.
Re his expedition to explore Great Barrier Reef (copy).
That despatches have been sent to Governors of N.S.W and Queensland requesting facilities be afforded to Professor Agassiz.
Includes enclosed letters dated 13 Dec; 16-17 Dec 1897.
Enclosed in letter of 18 December 1897.
Re appointment of Queensland emigration agent - Joseph Douglas Russell - in U.S.
Memoranda, correspondence, telegrams and reports re claims by U.S. citizens to lands in Fiji and appointment of George Skidmore by U.S. Government to enquire into the claims.
Correspondents include: Colonial Office; Sir Arthur Gordon (Fiji); Foreign Office; James Lowell (U.S. Minister, London); Edward Phelps (U.S. Minister, London); Sir John Thurston (Suva); Lionael Sackville West (Washington); Robert Lincoln (U.S. Minister, London); T.F. Bayard (U.S. Minister, London).
Colonial Office, Land Claims in Fiji: Memorandum by Sir Arthur Gordon 1879 (printed).
Colonial Office. Correspondence on the Subject of the Claims of U.S. Citizens to Land in Fiji. 1888 (printed)
List of American claimants.
Message of President of U.S. to Senate, 1896 transmitting report of George Skidmore on claim of U.S. citizens.
Forwarding copy of Views of Commodore George W Melville as to the strategic and commercial value of the Nicaraguan Canal, the future control of the Pacific Ocean, the strategic value of Hawaii and its annexation to U.S. (printed) 33p.
Re land in Honolulu reserved for U.S. Navy. Includes newspaper cutting.
Whether British vessels will be debarred in future from carrying sugar from Sandwich Islands. Separate P.S. re interests of New Zealand in this trade.
Re trade between Hawaii and U.S. ports carried out by British vessels. Encloses letter 30 Sept 1898.
Re commercial results of annexation of Hawaii by U.S.
Encloses within letter dated 4 Oct 1898.
Re status of Hawaiian ports (printed).
Re invitation to U.S. to participate in West Australian International Mining and Industrial Exhibition.
Re restrictions on U.S. coastal trade. Enclosed letter dated 16 Nov 1898
Re restrictions on U.S. coastal trade, with special reference to trade between Hawaii and San Francisco carried by N.Z. vessels. Enclosed in letter dated 21 Nov 1898.
Re invitation to West Australian International Mining and Industrial Exhibition.
Re extension of U.S. Navigation Laws to Hawaiian Islands. Includes extract from Congressional record.
Re possible restrictions of trade between U.S. and Hawaii to U.S. ships. Includes table showing trade between U.S. and Hawaii carried by foreign ships.
Re claims of British subjects against Hawaiian Government for ill treatment during Royalist rebellion of 1895. Foreign Office Memoranda.
Re Pacific cables, enclosing newspaper cuttings and bills to construct and maintain telegraphic communications.
Re abolition of Hawaiian consular posts, enclosing copy of House of Representatives Bill.
Re Tripartite Convention on Samoa, (printed) includes correspondence between Pauncefote and John Hay (U.S. State Department).
Re signing of Samoan Tripartite Convention.
Re Pacific cable. Include Foreign Office note.
Enclosing copies of bill (before letter) to extend U.S. navigation laws to Hawaii.
That House of Representatives has considered bill to extend anti-contract labour laws of U.S. to Hawaii.
Comprises of 9 Nov 1899 Foreign Office to William Hoare (Telegram) re claims of British subjects.
16 March - 6 Dec 1899 Despatches from William Hoare to Lord Salisbury. Subjects include: Laws for Government of the Islands; arrival of troops; Samoan Commissioners; proposed Pacific cable; cancellation of general election; claims of British subjects ill-treated during Royalist insurrections of 1895; 4 July celebrations; proclamations re sale of land; movements of surveying vessels.
Includes: copies of A.G.S. Hawes (Consul, Honolulu) to Henry E Cooper (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honolulu) 3 Dec 1895 re claims of British subjects, and reply of 10 Dec 1895.
Subjects include: Personnel in consulate; receipt of despatches from Foreign Office; returns of births, deaths and marriages registered at consulate; arrival of Hoare; request for new Union Jack and Seals; alleged illegal imprisonment of British subject Haake or Hoake; report from Comander Smyth of Egeria on inspection of Captain Cook's monument.
Subjects include: U.S. tariff; New Japanese mail steamship line to San Francisco; other Pacific mail steamship lines; regulations on trade marks; Plague on board Nipon Maru; trade regulations; plague at Honolulu.
Subjects include: death of Princess Kaiulani; death of Dowager Queen Kaplolani; extradition of James Scattergood alias Wilson, charged with larceny at Melbourne, he cannot be found.
Re effects of N.S.W. Alien Act, which prevents landing of any coloured person who is unable to read and write one of the European languages, on Master of American ship Carrollton from which three Mauritius blacks deserted.
Re route of Pacific cable; possible lease of Necker Island or a Hawaiian Island from U.S. Also includes Foreign Office memoranda.
Re report by Japanese Minister that Hawaiian Bill had passed the Senate extending U.S. Navigation Laws to Hawaii.
Has enclosed letter of 23 January 1899.
Enclosed in letter of 15 February 1899.
That representations re Hawaii have been made in Washington.
Re enforcement of labour contracts in Hawaii. Includes Foreign Office note and newspaper cutting.
Re Pacific cable and suggestions of Sir Francis Mowatt regarding lease of Necker Island. Includes Foreign Office Note.
Re Payment by German Government to Malietoa, ex-King of Samoa.
Re expenses in connection with administration of Samoa. Includes Foreign Office note.
That King of Sweden will consider claims of foreigners in connection with Samoa.
Re sharing of expenses in administration of Samoa. Includes Foreign Office note.
Re transport of guns taken from Samoan natives to San Francisco. Includes Foreign Office note.
Re Samoan arbitration by King of Sweden. Letter enclosed dated 18 Jan 1900.
Letter enclosed in letter dated 19 Jan 1900.
Re costs of Pacific cable, and enclosing two (printed) letters from Pacific Cable Company.
Re costs of Pacific cable, enclosing two printed documents re cable: Pacific Cable - An argument in Favour of Private Ownership V Government Ownership; US Government Pacific Cable by George Owen Squier
Forwarding copy of paper on Pacific cable by George Owen Squier.
Forwarding copy of report on government for Hawaiian Islands by US Congress Committee on Territories. Includes Foreign Office note.
Re settlement of claims in Samoa by arbitration. Letter enclosed dated 23 Feb 1900.
Enclosed in letter dated 26 Feb 1900.
Re place of residence of ex-King Malietoa Tanumafili. Included enclosed letter dated 14 April 1900.
Re proposal to send Malietoa to Australia to complete his education. Enclosed in letter of 17 April 1900.
Re arbitration of Samoan claims. Included enclosed letter of 21 April 1900.
Re arbitration by King of Sweden. Enclosed in letter of 21 April 1900.
Re passing of Act for Government of Hawaii, enclosing copy of Act. Includes Foreign Office note.
Re Cranstoun. Includes Foreign Office note and printed copies of correspondence with Cranstoun and with Law Offices re claims of British subjects in Hawaii (1895-1900).
Re arbitration by King of Sweden on Samoa claims enclosing copies of correspondence on subject. John Hay to Lord Pauncefote (22 Oct 1900); A Quadt (German Embassy) to John Hay (15 Oct 1900); confidential note from German Embassy; John Hay to Count Quadt Wykradt Isny (22 Oct 1900); John Hay to Lord Pauncefote (13 Oct 1900).
Re claims of British subjects in Hawaii, forwarding report of Governor of Hawaii rejecting claims.
Re arbitration of Samoan claims by King or Prince REgent of Sweden and paraphrase and note.
Includes Foreign Office note and printed copy of convention.
Re effect of U.S. navigation laws on trade between Sydney and Honolulu.
(Telegram) to telegraph Hoare re Cranstoun's claim. Includes Foreign Office note.
Re claim of Cranstoun for compensation for arrest and deportation in 1895; and claims of British subjects for arrest in 1895. Foreign Office note included.
Subjects include: movements of survey ships; claim of John Cranstoun; claims of British subjects; Act to provide government for Hawaii; meeting of Chinese seeking restoration of Chinese Emperor.
Includes: petition from John Cranstoun 2 Dec 1895, and copies of correspondence with him.
An Act to Provide a Government for the Territory of Hawaii 1900. 66p (printed)
Payment of expenses; his appointment; leave of absence to vice consul; ship agreements.
Subjects include: consulate officials; return of births, marriages and deaths; establishment of Victoria Hospital; proceedings of naval courts; inspection of Captain Cook's monument.
Deaths from plague in Honolulu spread of plague to Maui and Hawaii Islands; prohibition of importation of certain foods; raising of quarantine regulations; laws relating to issue of patentsand copyright.
Re Convention between U.K., Germany and U.S.A. relating to the settlement of certain claims in Samoa by arbitration 1900 (5p).
Re claims of British subjects in Hawaii: that further efforts should be made for compensations possibly via arbitration.
Re Samoan arbitration. Enclosed copy of 11 March 1901, John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Pauncefote re date of payment.
Re payment of compensation to natives of Samoa for surrender of guns, enclosing copy of 11 March 1901; John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Pauncepote re date of payment.
Re arbitration by King of Sweden of Samoan claims. Also included are letters of 16 April and 8 May 1901; Foreign Office note; John Hay to Pauncefote (11 March 1901) (Copy); U.S. memorandum re Samoan claims.
Re payment to natives of Samoa for guns surrendered, forwarding copies of: 18 March 1901 Pauncefote to John Hay re sale of guns; 21 March 1901 John Hay to Pauncefote that guns are at Mare Island Navy Yard, California.
Re Foreign Office circulars of 14 and 19 March (not in file) re attendance of foreign war ships at opening of 1st session of Federal Parliament of Australia.
Had enclosed letter dated 9 April 1901.
Proposing claims of British subjects to compensation from Hawaiian government to be put to arbitration. Enclosed in letter of 17 April 1901.
Forwarding letter of 1 May 1901 of David Hill (U.S. State Department) to Lord Pauncefote sending copy of case of U.S. Government re Samoan claims.
Re claims of British subjects in Hawaii. Foreign Office of 7 May and Memorandum.
Re grant to Malietoa Tanu to continue his education, and enclosing copy of U.S. memorandum on subject.
Re Samoan claims, enclosing copy of 5 December 1901 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Pauncefote enclosing copies of affidavits of Rear Admirals Kautz and White and of Lt Guy Brown re occurrences at Samoa in 1899.
Re steam ship communications between New Zealand and San Francisco.
Re registration in U.S. of Herdbrook of Queensland Dairy Society with a view to admission of Queensland cattle into Honolulu duty free.
Re complaint of New Zealand government re exclusion of foreign vessels from carrying trade between New Zeland and San Francisco. Encloses copy of letter of 20 March 1901.
Had enclosed letter dated 14 December 1901.
That due to existence of contagious pleuro-pneumonia of cattle in Australia and New Zealand, cattle could not be admitted there from Hawaii.
Re claims of Cranstoun and other British subjects to compensation for treatment received during royalist insurrection of 1895.
Subjects include: Improvement of Pearl Harbour; movements of British Pacific fleet; claims of British cubjects; movements of survey vessels.
Re plague in San Francisco.
Re plague; has already been in communication with Sir Frederick Darley in N.S.W.
Plague probably extinct.
Re plague; experience of Honolulu.
Plague has reappeared.
Subjects include: Mrs Prtichard's pension, mistake in charging of fees, leave of absence to Vice Consul Walker, registration of births, conviction of A.E. Rowbotham, Chief Officer of Senator for assault.
Subjects include: Personnel at consulate, returns of births, marriages and deaths; explanation of excessive fees charged; request for new Union Jack; conviction of A.E. Rowbotham for assault.
(32p). Subjects include: establishment of Marconi system between Hawaiian Islands; incidence of plague in Honolulu.
Re Malietoa's desire to remain in Fiji rather than go to Australia.
Re claims against Hawaiian government, and Foreign Office note.
Re claims of British subjects in Hawaii, enclosing copy of 30 Dec 1901 John Hay (US State Department) to Pauncefote re communication with Governor of Hawaii.
Re Samoan claims, enclosing copy of 28 Jan 1902 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Lord Pauncefote re U.S. counter-memorandum.
Re U.S. counter case re Samoan claims (not in file). Foreign Office note.
Re sale of guns surrendered by Samoan natives, enclosing copies of:
30 Jan 1902 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Lord Pauncefote re British desire to accept current bids versus German desire to offer small lot at auction.
28 Jan 1902 Holleben (German Embassy) to Hay re sale of guns at auction.
Forwarding U.S. counter case re Samoan claims. Also includes map of Apia Harbour and 26 Feb 1902 H. Erle Richards to Larcon returning map.
Re sale of guns surrendered by Samoan natives enclosing copy of: 10 Feb 1902 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Lord Pauncefote re resolving of differences between British and German governments.
Re sale of guns surrendered by Samoan natives, enclosing copy of 5 June 1902 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Raikes that guns have been sold at action.
Re Malietoa Tanu, enclosing copy of 12 June 1902 John Hay (U.S. State Department) that Malietoa Tanu should be allowed to remain in Fiji.
Re result of Samoan arbitration, dissatisfaction by Mr Hay at King of Sweden's decision.
Re interviews held with Governor Dole regarding claims of British subjects in Hawaii.
Letter from Raikes re interview and letter from Herman C Norman that doesn't know what was said at interview.
Visit of Governor to Washington; claims of British subjects; visit by U.S. Senate Committee on Pacific Islands; establishment of site for military post.
Subjects include registration of births, resignation of Vice Consul Walker, appointment of Francis Mills Swanzy as Vice Consul.
Subjects include: consulate personnel, return of births, marriages and deaths; overcharging of fees; resignation of Vice Consul Walker; receipt of despatches; appointment of Francis Mills Swanzy as Vice Consul.
(34p). Subjects include: deaths from plague; report on trade and commerce.
Re reassumption of British nationality to R.W. Purvis who took oath of allegiance to Kalakaua, King of Hawaii.
Re R.W. Purvis who wishes to resume British nationality having sworn oath of allegiance to King Kalakaua. Enclosing copies of:
26 July 1902 R.W.T. Purvis (Lihue) to Hoare re oath taken in 1885.
28 July 1902 Hoare to Purvis re offices held in Hawaii
1 Aug 1902 Purvis to Haore re offices held in Hawaii
Foreign Office memoranda.
Re government of islands used as naval stations, reference to Guam and Tutuila. Foreign Office note.
Re complaints of foreigners against Australian government and three Foreign Office notes.
Re claims of British subjects to compensation from Hawaiian government.
Forwarding copy of 17 Feb 1903 John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Herbert re claims against government of Hawaii.
Forwarding copy of 23 Feb 1903 William Hoare (Honolulu) to Herbert re creation of a commission to hear claims against Hawaiian government; newspaper cutting.
Re proposed commission to hear claims against Hawaiian government, enclosing copy of 15 April 1903 William hoare (Honolulu) to Herbert (Telegram) re claims, and interest on compensation.
Re Hawaiian claims, enclosing copy of 20 April 1903, John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Herbert re establishment of commission.
Forwarding copy of Bill for Appointment of commission to determine claims of Great Britain against government of Hawaii. Foreign Office notes.
Forwarding copy of 13 May 1903 William Hoare (Honolulu) to Herbert re rejection by Hawaiian House of Representatives of establishment of committee to hear claims.
Re claim of British subjects against Hawaii government, forwarding copy of: 16 July 1903. John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Arthur Raikes that note on claims has been forwarded to Governor of Hawaii.
Forwarding copy of: 29 June 1903. William Hoare (Honolulu) to Raikes re plague at Honolulu.
Re freight rates on good exported to Australia.
Forwarding copy of 27 August 1903. William Hoare (Honolulu) to Raikes re plague at Honolulu.
Re meeting with Governor Dole of Hawaii re Hawaiian claims.
Subjects include: Pacific Cable, movement of R.N. ships; repatriation of Gilbert Islanders previously contracted to work on Hawaiian Islands sugar plantations on Isleworth; Hawaiian National Guard.
Subjects include: consulate personnel; return of births, marriages and deaths; receipt of despatchs; stranding of Clavering; estate of Demetrius Camarinos.
Subjects include: Cable communicatiosn; incidence of plague; licensing of foreign business.
Re Samoan arbitration by King of Sweden and enclosing copy of: 2 Jan 1903. John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Henry White re obtaining copies of claims.
Re report on Samoan claims by H.E. Richards and R. Newton Crane (not in file). Two Foreign Office notes.
Re Samoan claims; U.S. government concurs in conclusions reached by Richards and Crane.
Re grant to Malietoa Tanu, enclosing copy of:
8 Oct 1904. John Hay (U.S. State Department) to Durand agreeing with plan of British Government.
Enclosing copy of an address from British subjects seeking claims for redress against government of Hawaii (20 July 1904).
Forwarding copy of: 27 Jan 1904 William Hoare (Honolulu) to Durand re plague at Honolulu.
Re inauguration of fast freight service between San Francisco and Honolulu (newspaper cutting not in file).
Resignation and appointment of Vice Consul; resignation of Hoare and appointment of Layard; salary and allowances.
Subjects include: consulate personnel; registration of births, deaths and marriages, resignation of Vice Consul Swanzy; appointment of MT Clive Davies; powers to arrest deserting British Seamen; case of Ida Mooney, native of Auckland who claims she was forced by Mrs Trotman to leave San Francisco in Sonoma to return to Auckland; resignation of Hoare, appointment of Layard; Hoare's application for pension.
Subjects include: plague at Honolulu and Hilo; supply of coal (includes imports from Australia); proposed new commercial magazine The Partner (7 Dec 1904, letter to Hoare from A. Shepherd, London, and Foreign Office note.
Re Samoan claims, encloses copy of: 18 March 1904. Sternberg (German Embassy, Washington) to Secretary of State re settlement of German claims for damages in Samoa.
Re joint reply to GErman government re settlement of Samoan claims (and draft).
Re settlement of German claims in Samoa. Foreign Office note.
Despatches, correspondence and memoranda.
Correspondents include: Colonial Office, Sir John Thurston (Suva); Hamilton Fish (U.S. State Department), Henry White (U.S. Embassy, London); Joseph Choate (U.S. Embassy); John H. Gillbanks (Melbourne).
Includes: Foreign Office memorandum on claims of German subjects to land in Fiji, (12 April 1901), U.S. Memorandum on the Fiji Land Claims Washington, USGPO, 1902. (printed); Colonial Office memorandum on claims of citizens of U.S. to lands in Fiji, 1903 (printed) [with three photographs of 'deeds' in pocket]. U.S. State Department memorandum on Fiji Land Claims, 1904. (printed)
Re settlement of German claims in Samoa (copy). Foreign Office note.
Re payment of U.S. share of German Samoan claims.
Re internal freight rates on goods exported to Sydney and Auckland. (Table not in file)
Enclosing copy of: 9 June 1905 Alexander Finn to Department of Trade and Customs, (Melbourne) re freight rates on goods exported to Australia and New Zealand.
Re leave of absence of acting Vice Consul Davies.
Re appointment of Theophilus Davies as Vice Consul.
Subjects include: Return of births, deaths and marriages; personnel at consulate; receipt of despatches; notices to mariners; Captain Cook's monument plate fixed by Imogene now in possession of Fred Leslie of Napoopoo (encloses copy of letter from Fred Leslie, 28 Sept 1905.
Subjects include: plague at Honolulu; trade report; detention of Stanley Dollar due to incorrect papers; resumption of Japanese passenger steamship line between Japan/Hawaii/San Francisco; coal supplies.
Enclosing copy of 27 June 1904. Lord Northcote (Sydney) to Colonial Office that no officers of Commonwealth Service have been authorised to issue certificates to Chinese person for immigration to U.S.
Re issuing of certificates by Australian officials. Draft memo.
The correspondence filmed from this Series is comprised largely of despatches and reports from British diplomatic representatives to the Foreign Office, dealing with all aspects of existing native life and trade within the area, and issues affecting British colonial policy. There is a substantial amount of correspondence concerning British trade opportunities, and the suppression of piracy. Native disturbances in Brunei and related internal politics are the subject of a number of reports. Affairs of the British North Borneo Company, and general relations with local native rulers are also discussed. Several volumes contain correspondence dealing with accusations brought against Sir James Brooke during his term as Consul General of Sarawak.
Copying from all pieces has been selective.
Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP Reels 3500-3548).
Series Reference: FO 12. For further information, see FO 12 at The National Archives of the UK. (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/r/C7332)
The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2070840] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.
Borneo; Borneo: politics and government; Borneo: social life and customs; British North Borneo Company; Brooke, James Sir (1803-1868); Brunei; Brunei: British Protectorate; Brunei: politics and government; East Indies; Great Britain; Great Britain: Foreign Office; Labuan; Pirates: East Indies; Sarawak