to Mr. Bayard.
The Hague, March 7, 1887. (Received March 19.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith for your information a copy of a correspondence recently exchanged between this legation and the foreign office here with reference to a report which has been given very general circulation through the press in the United States in regard to an imaginary estate known as the Graaf, Graff, Graef, Groff, or Grove, which is supposed to have been the subject of recent legislative action in this country.
It will be seen by reference to the reply of the minister of foreign affairs that the report is without foundation.
The following persons who have addressed inquiries to this legation upon the subject of this supposed estate have been advised of the result of my investigation, viz:
(1) John H. Stoutenburgh, esq., attorney and counsellor at law, 115 and 117 Nassau street, New York; (2) J. G. Ogle, esq., attorney, Latrobe, Pa.; (3) Messrs. Baker and Ball, attorneys, Iowa City, Iowa $ (4) P. P. Graf, esq., American Hotel, Brookville, Pa.: (5) D. G. Moore, esq., Sheffield, Ill.
I have, etc.,