LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
LORD SALISBURY AND THE " BOMBAY GAZETTE."
[To THE EDITOR OF THE " $PECTATOR7] SIR,—My attention has been drawn to a statement, quoted by you in the Spectator of July 22nd, from Indian papers, to the -effect that "Lord Salisbury, three years ago, came to an understanding with M. Waddington by which India was to occupy the Shan States between Burmah and the north-east frontier of Siam, though claimed by the latter country, while France was to have all the left bank of the Mekong." Will you allow me to say that this is a mistake P No understanding on this subject was come to between M. Waddington and myself.—I am, Sir, &c,, Hatfield House, Hatfield, July 251h. SALISBURY.
[We are glad to find from Lord Salisbury's letter that the statement of the Bombay Gazette, which we quoted with all reserve, has no basis of fact, and that our hands are in no way tied by a diplomatic understanding.—ED. Spectator.]