No. 218.
Mr. Lowell to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 446.]

Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 475, of the 21st of October last, regarding the proposal of Mr. W. W. Corcoran to transport the remains of John Howard Payne from Tunis to the United States, I have now the honor to inclose herewith copies of my note to Lord Granville with relation to this subject and of Mr. Lister’s answer for Lord Granville. Mr. Lister’s answer is to the effect that he has caused instructions to be issued to the British consul at Tunis in conformity with your request, and that upon learning the result of his application to the Tunisian authorities he will address me a further communication on the subject.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 446.]

Mr. Lowell to Lord Granville.

My Lord: At Mr. Frelinghuysen’s request, I have the honor to ask your lordship’s attention to a letter to him from Mr. W. W. Corcoran, a copy of which I inclose. Mr. Corcoran, whose liberality and public spirit are well known in Washington, desires to provide for the disinterment of the remains of John Howard Payne, author of “Home, Sweet Home,” at Tunis, and their removal to the United States for burial. He makes this application to Mr. Frelinghuysen, because Mr. Payne died while acting as the consul of the United States at Tunis, and there being now no descendant or collateral kindred of his who might be consulted on the subject, the Secretary of State seemed to be the proper custodian of his remains.

There is, however, no representative of the United States at Tunis, and on this account Mr. Frelinghuysen asks me to bring the matter to the attention of your lordship, and to suggest, if there should be no objection, that you will kindly request Her Majesty’s consul there to apply to the proper authorities for permission to exhume Mr. Payne’s remains, and to make arrangements for their transportation to the United States.

The Department of State will take charge of the necessary reimbursement when informed of the amount.

I have, &c.,

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[Inclosure 2 in No. 446.]

Mr. Lister to Mr. Lowell.

Sir: I have received your communication of the 3d instant stating that it is the wish of Mr. Corcoran, a United States citizen, that the body of the American poet, J. H. Payne, now interred at Tunis, should be exhumed and removed to the United States for reinterment, and I have the honor to state to you in reply that I have caused instructions to be addressed to Her Majesty’s consul-general at Tunis in the sense indicated in your communication now under reply.

Upon learning the result of Mr. Reade’s application to the Tunisian authorities, I shall address a further communication to you on the subject.

I have, &c.,

For Earl Granville.