Mr. Uhl to Mr. McDonald.

No. 37.]

Sir: I have received your No. 41, of 23d November last, and the copy therewith of a note of the foreign office in continuance of correspondence regarding the nationality of Hajie Seyyah.

You may say to the minister of foreign affairs that so far as the case of Hajie Seyyah is concerned the incident was terminated by the announcement that this Government was indisposed to regard him as entitled, under all the circumstances of the case, to protection as a person bona fide conserving his acquired rights as a citizen of the United States.

This being so, it does not appear to be necessary or expedient to discuss the abstract question of the right and duty of the Government of the United States toward its lawful citizens.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.