No. 159.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Scruggs .

No. 36.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 182, of December 26 last, touching the abuses of American citizenship, and in which you cite the case of Aurelio F. Pinzon, a native and resident of Colombia, who claims to be a naturalized citizen of the United States, and as such has appealed to you for protection.

On Mr. Pinzon’s own statement the Government of the United States is under no obligation to protect him as against the country of his original allegiance, his certificate of naturalization having been admittedly obtained in fraud of the United States statutes.

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I am, &c.,