Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.

No. 644.]

Sir: I called the attention of the Department, in dispatch No. 621, dated August 14, to the impressment of two Americans into the Haitian army. They were released at first, but have afterwards been placed or enrolled.

From the investigation made I find the parents have for the past thirty years been considered as Haitians; they have not returned to the United States and do not intend to return. The sons are of age, and have expressed no desire to become or to register themselves as American citizens. In view of the facts before me, I do not feel warranted to act in their behalf, except by instructions from the Department.

I inclose certain letters bearing upon the case.

I have, etc.

W. F. Powell.

Mr. Miot to Mr. Powell.

Sir: I received your dispatch of the 14th instant, and take notice that you referred to your Department about our Louisianians. I told Mr. Guillaury to let his son do what they ask from him until I receive instructions. In answer to the questions you ask me, I will tell you:

That all the Louisianians came in the year 1860 with the immigration of President Jeffrard.
They say that they did not accept the offer made at that time.
They never returned to the United States. The young Guillaury says that he would go to the United States if he could.
None of the children had been registered at the consulate when born.

Mr. Julian Guillaury, the father, has all his papers in good order. He has:

A certificate of the mayoralty of New Orleans, 1860.
A passport under his name to come to Haiti.
A certificate dated September, 1889, from my predecessor, authenticated by Mr. John W. Thompson, consul-general at Port au Prince.

I remain, etc.,

Charles Miot.