to Mr. Lewis.
Washington , May 28, 1887.
Sir: I transmit, with reference to instruction No. 52, of 13th instant, in the matter of Mr. H. Watson’s representations regarding unwarranted charges of the Portugese vice-consul at Boston, a copy of a note* from the minister of Portugal at this capital, by which it appears that a Portuguese passport, issued by the consular officer, is needed only when the passenger is unprovided with a United States passport, in a case like that presented.
When he has one, a consular visa, at a cost of about 80 cents, is all that is necessary.
I am, etc.,