Mr. Tree to Mr. Bayard.

No. 409.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that your instruction (No. 146) of the 24th ultimo, on the subject of the extradition of Adolph Sambolino, reached me on the 5th instant, and the same evening about 6 o’clock Mr. Charles Heidelberg, the agent of the Government, called at the legation with the necessary papers. As Mr. Heidelberg was anxious to return by the steamer of Saturday from Antwerp, I forthwith remitted the papers to the minister of foreign affairs with a note urging speedy action in the case, a copy of which is herewith inclosed. Although I have not yet received formal notice from the foreign office of Sambolino’s surrender to Heidelberg, I have every reason to believe that it has been done and that he sailed to-day accompanied by his prisoner.

I am, etc.,

Lambert Tree.
[Inclosure in No. 409.]

Mr. Tree to the Prince de Chimay.

Your Excellency: Referring to my letter of the 20th ultimo on the subject of the detention of Adolph Sambolino, a fugitive from justice, I have now the honor to transmit herewith to your excellency the warrant and other authenticated copies of the papers in the case, and, under instructions from my Government, to request the Government of His Majesty the King to kindly issue the usual warrant for the delivery of the fugitive into the custody of the agent of the Government of the United States, in pursuance of the treaty stipulations existing between the two countries.

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Mr. Charles Heidelberg, who is now at Antwerp, has been designated by the President as the agent of the Government to conduct the said Sambolino to the United States. The original instrument conferring this authority upon him is also inclosed herewith.

I profit by the occasion to say to your excellency that Mr. Heidelberg informs me that Sambolino is willing and anxious to return to the United States with Heidelberg in the shortest possible time—the exactness of which statement may be easily ascertained by questioning him, the prisoner—and as the regular steamer sails from Antwerp for New York next Saturday, Mr. Heidelberg is anxious to go on that day if possible.

Thanking your excellency and the Government of His Majesty for the courtesy already shown to my Government in this case,

I avail, etc.,

Lambert Tree.