to Mr. McLane.
Washington , February 24, 1888.
Sir: I inclose for your information copy of a letter lately received from Senator William M. Stewart, with its inclosure, being a letter addressed to him and Senator Jones, jointly, by Governor Stevenson, of Nevada, and of my reply to Senator Stewart of this date, all having reference to the case of Mr. Fruchier, an American citizen constrained to service in the armies of France, touching which you were instructed [Page 514] by the Department’s No. 217, of April 16, 1887, and No. 268, of October 20, 1887.
In my reply to the Senator you will observe that I have briefly summarized the position laid down on behalf of this Government touching the right of expatriation, and the sufficiency of the judicial decree of the competent tribunal in proof of the fact, as set forth in my No. 298 of the 15th instant.
The case of Mr. Fruchier seems to be well adapted to test the question now in controversy, and, with a view to completing the record here, I have to request you to send me transcripts of your correspondence with the French Government in relation thereto, the result of which you communicated to me by your No. 495, of 4th November last.
I am, etc.,