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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 3, 1901
(1901)

Russia,   pp. 442-454 PDF (969.5 KB)


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442RUSSIA. 
PASSPORT APPLICATION OF MRS. LOUISA LASSONNE, WIDOW OF A NATURALIZED UNITED
STATES CITIZEN, RESIDING WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES. 
JJfr. Breeleinridge to JJfr. Olney. 
No. 489.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
St. Petersburg, February p23, 1897. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a letter, without date,
from Mrs. Louisa Lassonne, who wishes a renewal of her passport, and to request
the ruling of the Department upon the case. 
 This is a case where the lady, the widow of a naturalized American citizen,
confesses to having no identity with the United States or purpose of going
there. Upon the other hand, she pleads inability to go, from poverty and
the infirmities of age; but it does not appear that the necessity of her
stay abroad has arisen from any vocation such as the Department usually accepts
as sufficient ground for protracted absence. The case is a sympathetic one,
but I feel that I can not accede to her application without special authority
to do so. 
1 have, etc., 
CLIFTON IL BRECKINRIDGE. 
[Inclosure.] 
Mrs. Lassonne to Mr. Brec/cinridqe. 
 Sin: I heard from Mr. Billhardt, the American consul at Moscow, that you
refuse to give me a new passport on the plea that you wish to know a little
more about me. 
 Well, I, Mrs. Louisa Lassonne, a native of Switzerland, born in Vevey, Canton
(te Vaud, was married in the year 1874, on the 9th of May, to Mr. Charles
Lassonne, a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, at St. Petersburg,
at the United States legation, by R. I. Hall, in the presence of Marshal
Jewell, then ambassador of the said legation. 
 I am an old woman, weak and sickly, a widow; I earn my bread by teaching;
in the winter I give lessons, in the summer I travel about with families
at whom I engage as governess. 
 I never was in America, and can not go there if I wished, having no means;
and what should I do there, I being a stranger, rather to say, foreign to
the country; in which way could I get my existence; and should I say it frankly,
I thought that I had a right to the aid and protection from the country I
became a citizen by legal rights, and instead of that I am refused a passport.
I ask for it lawfully, by appellation, as I have been told to do by Mr. Billhardt.
I will hope, sir, that after this~ explanation you will not refuse to issue
me a passport; if in a contrary case, please teach me what I have to do in
future. 
 With high respect, etc., L. LASSONNE. 


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