Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard .
Berlin , July 16, 1885. (Received July 27.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the correspondence between this legation and the foreign office concerning the case of David Lemberger, a citizen of the United States, to whom the authorities of Wurtemberg have given the alternative of leaving the country or acquiring naturalization in one of the federal states of Germany.
Count Hatzfeldt’s note of the 14th instant, just received, in reply to my note of the 3d ultimo in behalf of Lemberger, informs me that he cannot advise the authorities of Wurtemberg to withdraw the said order.
The general principles of the note of the foreign office of the date of May 16, 1885, a copy of which, with translation, was transmitted with Mr. Kasson’s No. 265, of May 19th last, are stated as the grounds on [Page 424] which the minister declines to intervene with those authorities as I had requested.
The correspondence between this legation and the consul at Stuttgart shows, that on the request of Mr. Lemberger, preferred by himself without the knowledge of this legation, several extensions of time have been granted.
The last extension, until the 20th instant, mentioned in the note of Count Hatzfeldt, is now for the first time brought to my knowledge.
It will be observed that in August of last year the legation intervened successfully in behalf of Mr. Lemberger, and secured his exemption from military service.
I sent immediately to Mr. Lemberger a copy of Count Hatzfeldt’s last note, that he might be advised at the earliest moment.
Reserving for another communication the answer which I may think proper to send to the foreign office under the circumstances, whilst awaiting your instructions,
I have, &c.,