Mr. Kasson to Mr. Frelinghuysen .
Berlin , December 6, 1884. (Received December 22.)
Sir: I transmit to the Department herewith the record of the action of this legation upon a peculiar question of citizenship.
Karl Klingenineyer’s father was born in Wurtemberg, emigrated to the United States, was naturalized there, and returned with his family to Germany in 1860, where he continued to live till his death, in 1881, and had no intention to return to the United States after his resumption of residence in Germany.
Karl, the son, was born in 1862 in Wurtemberg; has never seen the United States; has no intention of residing there, and wishes to marry and live here. On July 23, 1880, upon his affidavit that he was born in Philadelphia about the 9th of February, 1802, my predecessor issued to him a passport as an American citizen. He now wishes a certificate as an American in aid of his marriage. On investigation of the facts I ordered the former passport canceled, as obtained by false swearing, and refused him recognition as a citizen, by reason of his father’s renunciation [Page 391] of American citizenship [Article IV, treaty 1868], combined with his own native German birth and free choice of German residence, without intention of going to the United States. The facts in detail appear in the correspondence.
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