to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
London, January 30, 1882. (Received February 13.)
Sir: Referring to Mr. Blaine’s instruction No. 285, of the 9th of December last, I have the honor to acquaint you that immediately after its receipt I addressed a letter to Lord Granville, stating the fact of Mr. Dennis H. O’Connor’s naturalization as an American citizen, his arrest and imprisonment by the British authorities in Ireland, and the probable result to his health of his continued incarceration. I requested to be informed as to the grounds upon which he had been arrested and imprisoned.
On the 30th of December, Sir J. Pauncefote, in the absence of Lord Granville, informed me that he had referred my inquiries to the proper department of Her Majesty’s Government, and to-day I have received a further communication from his lordship stating the grounds of Mr. O’Connor’s arrest, and that the lord lieutenant of Ireland would cause inquiry to be made with the view of considering whether the prisoner could now be discharged without danger to the peace of the district.
I inclose a copy of my correspondence with Lord Granville on this subject.
It is proper for me to add that this Dennis O’Connor is the same person about whom I wrote to the Department of State in dispatch No. 194, of the 4th of June last, to which I venture to call your particula attention.
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