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Sir A. Campbell, had been intercepted, opened, and perused by the Ministers of the Lut-d'hau. A copy of the letter in question was one of the enclosures in my last dispatches from the Supreme Government, and this enabled me to bring the matter forward, without compromising the persons from whom I had derived my information. The following conversation ensued respecting it.
E. Have any letters from European officers lately arrived here? At the termination of the war, a British officer in Cassay sent a letter by two Burman officers to the address of Sir A. Campbell, or one of his principal officers ; I beg to know what has become of it ?aB. This may be one of the letters to which we allude.
E. It cannot be so. The letter to which I allude was dated the sixth of April last. Your accounts, you say, are dated in September.aB. The letter to which we allude was in English. It was open, and translated and sent down here in Burman.
E. Have you got the original here now ?aB. No, but we will bring it to-morrow.
E. The letter to which I refer was delivered to two Burman officers by the writer. The officers in question were the same who were sent by the British and Burman commissioners from Yandabo, to announce the conclusion of Peace. You must, of course, know very well who they are. One of you was a Commissioner at Yandabo at the time, and therefore concerned in selecting the officers in question. Among European and other civilized nations living in amity, the opening of public dispatches and private letters is reckoned an act at once dishonourable and' criminal. The messengers who received charge of this letter and opened it deserve punishment.aE. It was nAt sealed.
E. That is of no consequence, as it ought, at any rate, to have been de-hvered. It was intercepted and detained.
The Burman commissioners seldom arrived before one o'clock, and much time was always lost in copying their papers. The present discussion
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