Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.

No. 109.]

Sir: The British Government has just announced its decision as to the citizenship of W. H. Ricard, T. B. Walker, and A. M. Hewett, according to which the first two mentioned, not having voluntarily and knowingly renounced their British citizenship or received certificates of naturalization here, are held to be entitled to the protection of their native country. Mr. Hewett’s claim to British nationality is denied, as he had complied with all the conditions and had accepted a certificate of Hawaiian nationality.

I am, etc.,

Albert S. Willis.