Count Sponneck to Mr. Bayard.
Washington, March 26, 1888. (Received March 27.)
Mr. Secretary of State: In laying before you the inclosed petition of C. A. B. Johnson, which has been forwarded to me for this purpose by the ministry of foreign affairs, I have the honor to add the following remarks:
From the certificate of baptism, which is appended to the petition, and which I beg you to be pleased to return to me, it appears that Johnson, who was born September 27, 1855, was baptized by the Rev. Charles R. Fisher, on the 28th day of September, 1856, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hartford, Conn. His parents, however, were Danes, and although he is by birth a citizen of the United States, he has lived uninterruptedly ever since he was two years old in Denmark, in which country he intends to remain, and in which, by a special law, he was admitted on the 10th of February last to the enjoyment of the rights of a native of Denmark. Such a law is necessary to enable any foreigner to enjoy the rights of a citizen among us, but before it can take effect the interested party is invariably required to furnish evidence before the expiration of one year that he has been released from his foreign citizenship.
With a view to obtaining for Johnson an official document, showing that he has ceased to be an American citizen, I take the liberty, Mr. Secretary of State, of asking your kind mediation with the competent authorities. Nevertheless, in case such a formal declaration should be incompatible with the laws of the United States, the petitioner might arrange matters by furnishing a declaration from the competent American authorities of a less categorical nature, merely stating that the United States Government has no objection to Johnson’s becoming a Danish citizen, in which case I should be glad if you would, if possible, send me such a document.
Be pleased to accept, etc.,