Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.

No. 1510.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose to the Department the correspondence that has passed between this legation and the department of foreign relations regarding the law affecting the status of Syrians that have become American citizens through naturalization, and which law has recently been put in force.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Powell.

Mr. Férère to Mr. Powell.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of the 8th instant, to which I have given my most serious attention.

This department esteems—its opinion is certainly that of your legation—that the Syrians, naturalized Americans, should no longer be considered, from the point of view of their original nationality, and they escape thereby from the measures prescibed by the law of August 10, 1903. Besides, Mr. Minister, you have probably not failed to remark that the Government of the Republic extends its solicitude on all foreigners whatsoever may be their nationality, who reside on the Haitian territory, and that it applies itself especially to protect the citizens of the United States, on account of the close ties of friendship that unite so happily our two countries.

Please accept, etc.,

M. Férère.