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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88
(1887-1888)

Netherlands,   pp. 883-909 PDF (11.2 MB)


Page 883


                        NETHERLANDS.
                               No. 511.
                        Mr. Bell to Mr. Bayard.
No, 169.]                 LEGATION OF TUE, U !NITED STATES,
             The Hague, September 8,1886. (Received September20).
   SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith, for the information and
such action as the Department may deem proper, a copy of a correspond-
ence recently exchanged between this legation and Mrs. Catherine G.
.Lay, of Brooklyn, N. Y., concerning a supposed estate which Mr. E. B.
.ihumphreys, of 38 East 12th street, New York, is said to be represent.
ingato the heirs of one Du Boise as awaiting them in the hands of the
Dutch Government.
   I have, of course, no means of knowing or determining whether a,
fraud is being perpetrated in this case.
   It is apparent, however, from Mrs. Lay's letters, that she suspects that
an imposition is about to be practiced upon the heirs of Du Boise.
  As"my experience in the investigation of such pases at this post con-
vinces me that it would be'wise for the Du Boise heirs to save the money
they are about to expend, I have thought it might prove useful to fur.
nish you with , copy of the correspondence relating to this particular
case.
  I have endeavored to send full and special answers to all inquiries
addressed to this legation about such claims, but the letters, as in this
case, are usually so vague and indefinite, that they seldom furnish any
clew upon which to base an investigation.
   In case a fraud is being attempted in this case, I trust the Depart-
mentmay find the means to prevent it.
       I have, etc.,
                                                  ISAAC BELL, Jr.
                          [Inclosure 1 in No. 169.1
                          .Mrs. Lay to Mr. Bell.
                                              BROOKLYN, July 20, 1886.
  SIR: I write you if you could give me any information in reference to a
claim under
the name of Du Boise, which is held by the Government of Netherlands awaiting
claimant.
  The reason Why is that a party in New York is representing to the decedent's
heirs
Lhat such is the case, and I would like to know if there is any thing in
it.
  By doing so I shall esteem it a great favor.
     I remain, etc.,
                                                  CATHERINE W. LAY.


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