to Mr. Lothrop.
Washington, June 18, 1887.
Sir: I have your dispatch of the 10th ultimo on the case of the arrest of Adolph Lipszyc, a native Russian, holding naturalization papers as an American citizen. I have read with care the notes which you inclose.
This Department, while dissenting, as always heretofore, from the position of the Russian Government on the question of naturalization, is pleased to note the apparent disposition of the Imperial Government now to approach a fuller consideration of the subject.
The rule of unalterable allegiance is not in accord with the growing freedom of social intercourse between nations and commercial exchanges; and every international arrangement that can relieve individuals from a divided allegiance and doubtful domicile is certainly to be encouraged.
I am, etc.,