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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 2, 1902

Netherlands,   pp. 834-835 PDF (133.2 KB)

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834 a Not printed.NETHERLANDS. 
31r. I~7~wei to Mr. Hay. 
The Hague, January 9, 1902. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith an applicationĀ° by Juliaan
~Johan Becker for a passport, and to ask for a ruling on it by the Department.
I also inclose a passport issued at this legation to the said Becker in 1888.
I have consented to forward this application only after having been importuned
to do so by the applicant. 
 Both J. J. Becker and his brother, Henry Lewis Becker, were granted passports
at this legation (Nos. 3 and 4), on the 19th of February, 1888. On the 21st
of May, 1891, Henry Lewis Becker applied for a renewal of his passport, and
after correspondence between the Department and this legation the I)epartment
ruled that the applicant was not entitled to a passport, and therefore none
was issued. 
 The case of the present applicant, J. J. Becker, a brother to the Henry
Lewis Becker above mentioned, seems to be similar in all its essentials to
the former case. He was born at Arnhem in the Netherlands in 1849, and went
with his father and brother to America in 1854, when be was under 5 years
of age. He states that his father was naturalized in 1868. The original naturalization
papers are not forthcoming, but a "duplicate," dated the 28th of November,
1891, witnesses that "at a term of the county court of Kings County, held
in the city of Brooklyn on the 3d day of July, 1868, Christopher Becker [the
father] was admitted to be a citizen of the United States of America." The
present applicant resided in Brooklyn from 1854 to 1870, in which year he
returned to the Netherlands. He has not been in the United States for over
thirty-one years. He is engaged in business in Rotterdam. He avers that it
is his intention to return to America, where his brother is now living at
New Rochelle, in the State of New York, so soon as he may be able to turn
over his business to his son, which will surely be within two years and a
half. His son is about 19 years of age and has never been "as far away as
America." He desires the passport for the purpose of identification, and
that his son may not have to "waste several years in the Dutch army." 
 I have, etc., STANFORb NEWEL. 
iii'. Hay to JJ'Jr. I~7~wei. 
 Washington, January ~9, 190~1d. 
 SIR: Your No. 453, of the 9th instant, forwarding the application of Juliaan
Johan Becker for a passport, has been received. 
 The Department approves your refusal to issue a passport to him. 

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