Mr. Kasson to Mr. Frelinghuysen .
Berlin , February 27, 1885. (Received March 16.)
Sir: Herewith inclosed I have the honor to transmit copy of the note addressed by me to the foreign office in pursuance of your instruction, No. 95, and in further response to the communication from that office to me in the case of Revermann and others, under date of December 31, 1884.
In your instruction, while referring to “conflict with the provisions of existing treaty,” no special treaty was mentioned. I assumed, however, that the Prussian treaty of 1828 was referred to, and accordingly quoted it. I add the remark that the note from the foreign office does not affirm the restoration of German citizenship, but only the renunciation of the American right.
It is a peculiarity of the very imperfect treaty of 1868 that Article IV seems to leave the citizenship of the renouncing returned emigrant “in the air.”
It results from the German view, that he is a man without a country after two years’ residence here.
I have, &c.,