811.114 I’m Alone/2184: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Canada ( MacNider )

48. Consul General Frost has advised Department that he and Doris Corrigan, an American citizen and visa clerk in Consulate General have been subpoenaed to appear in court at Montreal on May 19th to produce official documents in their custody and testify in habeas corpus proceedings involving Marvin J. Clark.

Bring matter to attention Department of External Affairs pointing out that under principles of international law official archives of consular offices are not subject to subpoena requiring production in judicial proceedings and that consular officers and their employees cannot properly be required to testify concerning their official acts. State that Consul General Frost has accordingly been instructed not to testify nor to permit Miss Corrigan to testify or produce documents.