Mr. Powell to Mr. Sherman.
Port an Prince, Haiti, October 7, 1897. (Received October 16.)
Sir: I respectfully call the attention of the Department to the inclosed proposed law referring to the future issue of passports. If this law should be enacted none of our citizens can leave any port of [Page 343]this Republic without a passport from the Haitian Government. I therefore request instructions on the following:
1. Are American citizens leaving Haiti to return to the United States required to obtain passports?; 2. What action shall I take if the same be enforced?
I have, etc.,