Mr. Manning to Mr. Bayard.
Mexico , December 3, 1886. (Received December 11.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 25, of 30th ultimo, with inclosures, relative to the position of the United States Government with regard to the doctrine of involuntary change of allegiance, as embodied in Article 1, Chapter V, of the Mexican Law of Foreigners, I have the honor to transmit [Page 678] herewith copy and translation of Mr. Mariscal’s reply of 1st instant (see Inclosure No. 1 in my No. 25) upon that subject in which he says:
In reply, I have the honor to say to your excellency that I have noted all that you are pleased to state to me regarding this matter; but I can not nor should n6t discuss with your legation the right which Mexico has to issue laws that emanate directly from the provisions of its constitution, unless some practical case arises to give occasion to such debate. Your excellency will, therefore, not be surprised that on this” occasion I leave unanswered your arguments against Article 1, Chapter V, of the law referred to.
I am, etc.,