EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM SIR C. BAGOT TO Mr. G. CANNING.
(Alaska Boundary Tribunal—U.S. Case Appx. p. 155, British Case Appx. p. 67).
March 17, 1824.
I entertained sanguine expectations that such a proposal, coupled with the concession of a line of coast extending 10 marine leagues into the interior of the continent, would have been considered as amply sufficient for all the legitimate objects which Russia could have in view, and quite as much as she could pretend to with any shadow of real claim or justice.
EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM COUNT NESSELRODE TO NIKOLAS SEMENOVITCH MORDVINOF.
(Alaska Boundary Tribunal U.S. Case Appx. p. 167.)
April 11, 1824.
MY GRACIOUS SIR, NIKOLAS SEMENOVITCH :
The width of the coast line necessary for the safe existence and consolidation of our Colonies, the directions of the frontier and even its starting point on the Continent of America, still form subjects of negotiation.