No. 155.

Mr. Scruggs to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 195.

Sir: Relating to the subject of my No. 190, I inclose copies of a correspondence between the British legation here and the Colombian foreign office. From this it seems the Colombian Government claims as its citizens children born in Chili, but now residing here, whose father was a British-born subject and whose mother was born in Colombia, of British parents.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 195.]

Mr. St. John to Mr. Restrepo.

Mr. Minister: I have been applied to by a widowed British mother for information as to the nationality of her children while in Colombia, doubts on the subject having arisen in her mind after the publication of a recent Government decree. The circumstances are as follows: The father was a British-born subject; the mother is a Colombian born, of British parents. The children were born in Chili, but now residing in Colombia.

I shall feel obliged if your excellency will favor me with the views of the Colombian Government on the subject, in order that I may inform the parties interested.

I avail myself, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 195.—Translation.]

Mr. Restrepo to Mr. St. John.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to answer your excellency’s esteemed note dated the 13th instant.

As established by the 2d paragraph of the 31st article of the constitution, “the children of a Colombian father or mother, whether born within the territory of the United States of Colombia or not, provided in the latter case they settle in the country, are Colombians.” There seems, therefore, to be no doubt that the children of the Colombian mother, who has expressed to your excellency her doubt on the subject, are citizens of this country, provided they are settled in it.

I have, &c.,