No. 271.
Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.

No. 191.]

Sir: I inclose here with a copy and translation of a note from the foreign office, under date of the 3d instant, giving the results reached in the cases of Karl Simon Petersen, Christian Nielsen Hansen, and Lars Hoeck, heretofore reported.

I have, etc.,

George H. Pendleton.
[Inclosure in No. 191.—Translation.]

Count Bismarck to Mr. Pendleton.

The undersigned has the honor to return the inclosures of the esteemed notes of the 21st and 26th of December last and to inform the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Mr. George H. Pendleton, that the requests for the discontinuance of the measures of expulsion taken against Earl Simon Petersen of Friebluma, Christian Nielsen Hansen of Harknag, and Lars Hoeck of Markernpheide, at the time sojourning in their native land, have been made the subject of careful examination.

The result of the investigations leaves no room for doubt that the same views apply to Petersen and Hansen which were stated with respect to the expulsion of S. M. Boyson and associates, under Nos. 2 to 6, in the note of the undersigned of December 21st; last. Both received, a short time before attaining the age of military liability, upon their request, a discharge from Prussian allegiance, and the assumption appears to be justified that in seeking this discharge they were actuated solely by the purpose of withdrawing themselves from the performance of the general military duty in Prussia.

As regards Lars Hoeck, the views and conclusions are pertinent which are contained in the above-mentioned foreign office note respecting the persons designated therein under Nos. 7 to 9. Hoeck in 1876 presented himself before the Prussian recruiting authorities, but escaped then to America without having been discharged from Prussian allegiance.

A sojourn of several months in their native land, sufficient for a visit to their relations and for the settlement of such business matters as may have claimed their attention, having been allowed them, the decree of expulsion issued against them will now have to be carried into execution.

I am, etc.,

H. Bismarck.