Mr. Strobel to Mr. Bayard.
Madrid, September 22, 1888. (Received October 6.)
Sir: Referring to the Department’s No. 321 of the 8th instant, inclosing letters of inquiry of Mr. Samuel Prewett, concerning an estate alleged to have been left by a certain General John Featheringill, I have the honor to inclose my reply to that gentleman, for the information of the Department, in case other applications should be made for the same purpose.
The statement about General Featheringill published in the American newspapers is merely one of the many stories of unclaimed fortunes left in Spain by American citizens, none of which has ever been found to have the slightest foundation in fact. The legation has received during the past year innumerable letters of inquiry from members of Congress, lawyers, college professors, and representatives of all classes and conditions, all showing the interest felt in General Featheringill’s fate. It is remarkable how wide a circle of friends and relatives the deceased in these cases are usually found to possess.
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