Mr. Lowell to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
London, July 10, 1882. (Received July 24.)
Sir: Referring to my telegram of the 20th of May last, in which I stated that I had read your No. 366 to Lord Granville and left a copy with him on the 18th of that month, I have the honor to acquaint you that I have just received a letter from his lordship in reply to that dispatch, a copy of which I herewith inclose.
It will be observed that of the six alleged American citizens to which you invited my attention in that dispatch on the 25th of April last, Brophy has accepted his release on the condition proposed by the lord lieutenant, and McInerny has also been released from custody.
The remaining four suspects still remain in prison, viz, O’Mahoney, McSweeney, Slattery, and Gannon.
The certificate of naturalization which O’Mahoney produced to me expressly stated that it was granted on the ground of his service in the Navy, which was so clearly irregular that I do not consider him entitled to the privileges of American citizenship.
In the lists of persons detained in prison June 5,1882, under the statute 44 Victoria, c. 4, a copy of which accompanied Lord Granville’s note, and which I also inclose herewith, I do not find the names of any persons who have been arrested under that act and who have applied to me for protection excepting those mentioned in Lord Granville’s communication.
It will be observed that the British Government do not entertain the intention of bringing the four persons still remaining in prison to trial.
I have, &c.,