Mr. Delaplaine to Mr. Evarts.
Vienna, December 6, 1880. (Received December 27.)
Sir: I have received from the United States consul at Buda-Pesth a note inclosing clipping from the Pester Lloyd, published in that city, which I herewith append. It is a notification to British subjects resident in Hungary and the territories belonging thereto from Her Britannic Majesty’s consul-general at Buda-Pesth, wherein is suggested the entry of their names in a register at his office, in order to avoid difficulties which might arise in establishing their nationality.
Mr. Sterne informed me that the Swiss consul had published a similar notice to his countrymen, and asked whether a like action on his part would be advisable.
Not having received a reply from the Department to my No. 377, on the subject of the law relative to Hungarian citizenship, and in view of the brief interval before the law in question would come into force, it appeared to me that a similar notification might be expedient and to the interest of American citizens in that country. Upon consultation with Consul-General Weaver on the subject, he expressed full concurrence with my opinion, and I accordingly communicated the same to Mr. Sterne, at Buda-Pesth.
I have, &c.,