Mr. Uhl to Mr. Vignaud .
Washington , March 1, 1895 .
Sir: I inclose for your information a copy of a correspondence between Capt. A. S. Crowninshield, U. S. N., and the Department with regard to the possibility of a claim on the part of the French Government to exact military service of his son, Caspar Schuyler Crowninshield, on the ground of his birth in France and his present residence there. As elucidating the general principle involved in this case you are referred to the Hubbard correspondence, printed on pages 491–494 of the volume of Foreign Relations for the year 1891.
In addition to the considerations adduced in the Department’s letter to Captain Crowninshield, it is to be noted that young Crowninshield was born of American parents while his father was on official station in French waters as an officer of the United States Navy. It does not appear that France has the slightest claim to this young man’s allegiance, and it is not thought likely that any such claim will be made.
The representations of Captain Crowninshield appear to be based on apprehensions alleged to have been expressed by you in a conversation with young Crowninshield, and not on an actual case raised by the French authorities. It will probably suffice to issue a passport to him, if he has not one already, and to procure his registration at the prefecture on the usual footing of a three months’ sojourner.
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