File No. 4050/19–21.

The Secretary of State to Minister Collier.

No. 120.]

Sir: The department has received your No. 292, of the 11th ultimo, submitting correspondence with the consul at Malaga, relative to the citizenship of Carmen Bligh Durkee, a child born in Spain of British parentage and adopted by an American citizen. Mrs. Durkee applied to the consul to have the child registered and you instructed the consul that the child was not entitled to be registered as an American citizen.

The department fully approves the position taken by you, which reaffirms opinions expressed by the department in analogous cases on previous occasions. (See vol. 3, sec. 415, Moore’s Digest of International Law.)

I am, etc.,

E. Root.