The Consul General at Melbourne ( Sammons ) to the Secretary of State

No. 433

Subject: Naturalization of American Citizens under Australian Commonwealth Laws.

Sir: I have the honor respectfully to invite the Department’s attention to my communication (File No. 130, copy enclosed) of even date to the Secretary of the Australian Department of Home and Territories on the above subject, and to request instructions in the premises.

The Australian Commonwealth authorities in the meantime, regardless of the notifications I have given in the matter to the effect that our country is still at war with Germany, continue the naturalization of American citizens under the Commonwealth Laws.

I have [etc.]

Thomas Sammons

The American Consul General at Melbourne ( Sammons ) to the Australian Secretary for Home and Territories ( Hunt )

Dear Mr. Hunt: With reference to the matter of the naturalization of American citizens under the Commonwealth Laws, may I again refer to my letter to you of August 21, 1920, inviting your attention to the fact that Section II of the Act of March 2, 1907 of the United States Statutes, reads in part as follows:

“And provided also, that no American Citizen shall be allowed to expatriate himself when this country is at war”.

As you are no doubt aware, peace has not yet been concluded in a technical sense between my country and Germany and a state of war exists.

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I have also to call your attention to our conversation of April 12, 1920, when you were advised that it would be impracticable for Mr. William Cameron to change his citizenship from American to British allegiance on account of this wartime situation.

In the meantime I am referring this matter to the Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Faithfully yours,

Thomas Sammons