§ SIR HENRY HAVELOCK
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether Her Majesty's Government have any information as to the Russian Mission sent by General Kauffmann having yet left Cabul, or whether it is still there; and, in the latter case, whether any communication has taken place between the Governments of England and Russia later than the Despatch from Lord Salisbury of the 19th August 1878, No. 158, given at page 149 of the Papers, Central Asia, No. 1, as to the 303 probable date of the withdrawal of this Mission after its purpose, stated to be one of "simple courtesy," shall have been accomplished; and, if any such Correspondence has taken place, whether he will object to add it to the Papers already published, and to lay it upon the Table of the House?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
Sir, we have no means of obtaining complete information of what takes place at Cabul. But since the Russian Ambassador came back to this country my noble Friend the Secretary of State has seen him, and he has been informed by him that the Russian Envoy has left Afghanistan, and we know from other sources that he has returned to Europe.