amnesty, and that the exercise
of the prerogative of mercy rested
solely with Her Majesty the
The Revd [Reverend] Father Ritchot and
Mr. Scott must on their arrival,
have informed your Lordship
that in the repeated interviews
which they had with Sir John A.
Macdonald and Sir George Et.
Cartier they were distinctly
informed that the Government
of the Dominion had no power
as a government, to grant an
amnesty, and I would add
that this Government is not in
a position to interfere with the
free action of Her Majesty in the
exercise of the Royal clemency.
Her Majesty’s Imperial Ministers
can alone advise the Queen on
such an important matter when