Mr. Tree to
Brussels, March 28, 1887. (Received April 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that a Mr. Charles G. Richte called at the legation this morning for the purpose of obtaining a passport. In his application he stated that he was born in Prussia; is 67 years of age; emigrated to the United States in 1857; was naturalized in the city of New York in 1865; came to Europe in 1871 with his wife [Page 35] (he has no children), and has not returned since to the United States, nor has he any fixed intention of returning at any time in the future. His return will depend on circumstances. He is the bearer of passport No. 9197, issued by the Department of State on the 9th of December, 1870.
In this state of the case Mr. Richter, claiming to be a naturalized citizen of the United States, and having continuously resided beyond its limits for the period of sixteen years, and having, as appears from the statement in his application, no fixed intention of returning thereto, I have decided not to issue a passport to him, unless the Department should instruct me to the contrary; I have also retained possession of his old passport, which has expired.
I transmit to you herewith Mr. Richter’s sworn statement.
I have, etc.,