No. 19.
Mr. Lee to Mr. Bayard .

No. 252.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of the application of Mr. Charles Laszlo for a passport, with the request that I may be instructed as to the proper action to be taken in the case. Admitting that the issue of naturalization papers and identity could be properly proven, his statement of facts raises the following doubts as to the bona fides of his intention to return to the United States with a purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship there.

Mr. Laszlo left his native land (Hungary) an outlaw, resided sixteen years in the United States, and was naturalized. At the first opportunity, viz, the proclamation of amnesty, he returned to his native land and has remained there uninterruptedly for twenty years, having what is apparently permanent employment. The desire to remove the legacy to his children from the jurisdiction of the United States to that of his native country does not suggest an early permanent return. One would also suppose that an indefinite intention of a permanent return on the part of a man now seventy-one years old was not very likely to be carried out. I may also add that his children, having been born in Hungary since his naturalization, will depend for their status upon that now accorded to the father by the Department of State, and I consider it important for this legation that the case should now receive the attention of the Government.

I have, etc.,

James Fenner Lee.
[Inclosure in No. 252.]

Mr. László to Mr. Lee .

Dear Sir: I, undersigned, a horn Hungarian, hut adopted citizen of the United States, lived and had business there for sixteen years. In 1867, amnesty having been proclaimed, I returned to Hungary with my American wife with the intention to take out with me my aged mother, at that time seventy-two years old, but as she did not want to leave Hungary, I remained here with her to support her for the few years. I thought she would live, and to return to the United States. But my mother lived until last year, when she was ninety years old, and during that time I became father of three children, and I am employed at a Theiss regulating private company as director engineer; and I still think of returning with my family to the United States as soon as my circumstances will allow me to do so.

Joseph Gressak, also an adopted citizen of the United States, who was the godfather of one of my children, and died in New York, June 26, last year, before his death left by testament to my children $900 (as I am informed by the executor of his last Will, a notary public). As I. think the simplest way to get this money would be for me to go to New York personally, I beg you, dear sir, to do me the great favor of giving me a new passport instead of this old one, which inclosed I send into your hands, and send it to me by mail, 20 florins, as charges to be collected by post-office on delivery, and I will be thankful to you.

You most obedient servant,

Chas. László.

P.S. I—will send you, if needed, my naturalization paper.