Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Gresham.
Washington, January 8, 1895.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that a representation has been recently made to Her Majesty’s Government by the committee of Lloyds, drawing attention to the large number of fires on board cotton ships in United States ports.
The accompanying list, furnished by the committee, gives a statement of those that have occurred from the commencement of the present cotton season up to November 24 last, and I should be much obliged if you would be kind enough to favor me with such information as you may possess as to the origin of these fires.
I have, etc.,