Mr. Vignaud to Mr. Bayard.
Paris, December 20, 1887. (Received January 3, 1888.)
Sir: By referring to dispatch No. 519 of this legation, of date December 16, acquainting you with the circumstances of the case of Gendrot, you will see that on the 15th instant I wrote to Mr. Flourens that I had been informed that this American citizen had received notice to join a French regiment, and that I trusted such information was incorrect, as Mr. McLane had fully established the right of the United States Government to claim Gendrot.
On that very day Mr. Flourens had written me that no irregularity had been committed in the case of Gendrot, who, being the son of a Frenchman, was liable to military service in France although born in another country.
I replied immediately that I had read his communication with surprise and regret, because I anticipated that my Government would not admit his pretension, and I begged him to suspend his action and to examine again in a friendly spirit the principles involved in the matter.
I send herewith a copy and a translation of the correspondence.
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