Mr. Blaine to Mr. Lincoln.

No. 215.]

Sir: I have received your No. 184 of the 19th ultimo, in relation to the passport application of Mr. Samuel B. Oliver.

The views stated in your letter to Mr. Thomas H. Sherman, United States consul at Liverpool, of the 14th ultimo, are approved, but before rendering a decision on the case the Department will consider any application and statement Mr. Oliver may desire to make, either directly or through the legation, in reference to his departure from the United States and his residence abroad. It is desirable that his statement should be full and explicit.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.