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St. James's, and courteously acknowledged by his Excellency.
Expulsion of Me. Lewisohn feom St. Peteesbueg. —In September, 1880, Mr. Leon Lewisohn, a British subject, was expelled from St. Petersburg on the ground of his being a Jew. This gentleman having put himself in communication with the Secretary of the Anglo-Jewish Association, the matter was referred to the President, Baron H. de Worms, M.P., who took it up most energetically, and interrogated the Government from time to time with the view of obtaining a full recognition of those rights which appertain to any British subject travelling in Russia.
On the 20th of June, Baron H. De Worms asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government had been advised by their legal adviser at St. Petersburg that the expulsion of Mr. Lewisohn, a British subject, from Russia last year by the Government of Russia was a violation of Russian law.
Sir C. Dilke replied as follows :—
" Successive Governments have lielcl, with the acquiescence of Parliament, that the legal advice which they receive is of a confidential character; that it cannot be produced, and that it is the department concerned which is responsible for the decision which, founded upon such advice, is taken. A report has been received from the Counsel to the Embassy at St. Petersburg!:. That report has necessitated a request for further information from Mr. Lewisohn, and the Law Officers of the Crown have not yet reported upon the case, and the House would blame me for creating a new and bad precedent of giving piecemeal and premature information of the legal advice we have received. Such a course would not further the object which Her Majesty's Government and the Hon. Member have in common, viz., to
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