to Mr. Bayard.
Paris, January 13, 1887. (Received January 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to send herewith copy of a letter received from Mr. Richard King, domiciled in the United States, but temporarily residing at No. 20 Boulevard Montmartre, Paris, who applies for a passport. Mr. Ring is not a full American citizen; he has only declared his intention of becoming one. According to the regulations he is not entitled to a passport. Upon his insistence that he could not do without it, and that it would not be proper to apply for one at the British embassy, I advised him to make his application in writing, which I promised to submit to your consideration.
I would not have done so if your circular of June 29, 1885, with reference to changes in Articles XI and XXIV of the Consular Regulations had not led me to believe that in certain cases protection might be extended to one domiciled in the United States. As in the case of Mr. King protection can only be extended in the shape of a passport, I beg to be informed whether I can properly issue one to him, and, if so, whether the same will be a qualified one and in what sense.
I have, etc.,