to Mr. Winchester.
Washington, July 20, 1886.
Sir: Your dispatch, No. 66, of the 23d ultimo, in reply to my instruction, No. 52, of the 9th of that month, in regard to the issuing passports to suspected Mormon emissaries, has been received.[Page 852]
My previous instruction is not to be understood as obliging you to issue a passport in any case in which you have strong and reasonable suspicions that the person applying for the same is a Mormon emissary. Your dispatches reporting your action in each individual case to the Department will place all the facts upon record in the legation in the manner contemplated by the previous instruction of the Department.
I am, &c.,