Mr. Kasson to Mr. Frelinghuysen .
Berlin , January 6, 1885. (Received January 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith an important note from the German foreign office, dated December 31, 1884, conveying its decision in the case of Ferdinand Revermann, together with copies of all correspondence relating to the same between this legation and the German Government. This case is made the occasion for the declaration of two rules to be hereafter observed by the united German Governments, as follows:
- Fathers naturalized in America and returning to Germany to reside, and there sojourning for more than two years, are to be regarded as having renounced their naturalization, under the provisions of the treaty of 1868.
- But minor children of such parents born in America will be recognized as retaining their American citizenship, uninfluenced by the father’s renunciation of his naturalization; and they cannot be made to perform military service in Germany; but their sojourn in Germany may be refused, under the principles of international law, when the same may be required in the interest of public order.
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I have, &c.,
- Governments of the various German states.—Translator. ↩