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SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
victims of expulsion to foreign countries, including the British dominions. The Council felt, therefore, justified in drawing the attention of Her Majesty's Government to this disastrous state of things. Jointly with the Board of Deputies the Council addressed a memorial to Lord Salisbury, requesting his Lordship to obtain information on the following questions: —(1) Whether the alleged edict had been issued or was seriously contemplated; (2) whether any, and, if so, what ground was alleged for the adoption of this harsh measure; (3) what was the area affected by the decree; (4) and what was the nationality of the persons required to quit their country; together with all such other material particulars as can be obtained.
In answer to this application the following letter was received:—
Foreign Office,
December 10th, 1887.
Gentlemen,
I am directed by the Marquis of Salisbury to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5tli inst. relative to statements which have appeared in the English newspapers to the effect that a decree has been issued by the Governor-General of the Caucasus expelling all Jews from Tiflis, and, further, that the expulsion of foreign Jews from Nicolaieff and elsewhere continues with increased rigour on the part of the Russian authorities.
I am to inform you, in reply, that a copy of your communication will be forwarded to Her Majesty's Ambassador at St. Petersburg, and to Her Majesty's Consul-General at Odessa, with instructions to furnish a report on the subject.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your most obedient humble servant,
J. Pauncefote.
In continuation of this correspondence the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs communicated the following reports to the Conjoint Committee:—-
Odessa,
19th January, 1888.
My Lord,
In reply to your Lordship's despatch of the 8th ult.; I have the honour to report that in November last
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