No. 381.
Mr. Birney to Mr. Evarts.

No. 132.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 114 and to my No. 125, both relating to the migration of inhabitants of the Netherlands to the United States with the avowed purpose of joining the Mormon community at Salt Lake, in the Territory of Utah, I have the honor to inform you that I have this day received a second letter from His Excellency Baron Van Lynden van Sandenburg, the minister of foreign affairs, upon this subject. He kindly informs me of the result of inquiries he had caused to be made through certain of the officials of the country. He states that in 1878, from the port of Rotterdam, the immigrants of this character were 119 from Switzerland, accompanied by 17 from the Netherlands; that during the months of May and June of the present year there were 103 Swiss, but no Dutchmen; that no such immigrants during the same period have left the ports of Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Flushing, or of Harlingen.

His excellency assures me that the commissioners at Rotterdam have undertaken to do all in their power to discourage the migration of Mormons to Utah, by pointing out to them the severe penalties prescribed by the laws of the United States against polygamy. He gives me these facts as to what has been done since I first brought this topic before him, with the belief that the Government of the United States will be fully convinced that the Government of His Majesty the King is sincerely desirous of concurring in the object proposed.

I annex hereto a copy of the letter of the minister of foreign affairs, herein referred to, together with a translation of the same.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 2, in No. 132.—Translation.]

Baron Van Lynden Van Sandenburg to Mr. Birney.

Mr. Minister: In referring to my communication of 26th of September last, No. 23, I have the honor to inform you that the result of the information I have been able to obtain through the mediation of the minister of water interests, commerce, and of industry, and of the commission authorized on the part of Rotterdam to watch the passage and transport of emigrants, is that only exceptionally do Netherlanders join companies of emigrants destined, for the Territory of Utah. Such companies, as it appears, are composed chiefly of Swiss subjects. For example, in the month of June, 1878, seventeen inhabitants of the Netherlands went in company with 119 Swiss from Rotterdam to Liverpool in order to embark there for Utah, and the 103 Swiss who, during the months of May and June of the present year, passed through Rotterdam en route for the same destination were not accompanied by any of the Netherlanders.

According to the reports addressed to my colleague by the resident commissioners at Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Flushing, and at Harlingen, no emigrant has taken passage from either of these ports having for their destination the State (Territory) of Utah. I am able to add that the Rotterdam commissioner has undertaken to do all in his power, whenever the case occurs, to call attention to the severe penalties affixed by the laws of the United States of America to the practice of polygamy.

Flattering myself, Mr. Minister, that by informing you of what has been done the Government of the King will have been able to convince you of its sincere desire to concur in the aim proposed by your government, I seize, Mr. Minister, this occasion to renew to you the assurance of my high consideration.