Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.
Port au Prince, Haiti, September 2, 1899.
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.