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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
(1902)

Switzerland,   pp. 968-996 PDF (2.1 MB)


Page 968

968SWITZERLAND. 
PASSPORT APPLICATION OF HELENA PECARE. 
Aft. Ikirdy to Air. Hay. 
 No. 43.] UNITED STATES LEGATION, 
Berne, Februa~ij 13, 1902. 
SIR: I have the honor to inclose. herewith the application of Miss 
Helena Pecare for a passport received from the consular agent at 
Vevey, Mr. Cuenod, in November last, during my absence on leave. 
The consul-general preferred not to grant same, and held the papers 
until my return. 
 The application was renewed in January last, and I extract from my letter
of January 22 to Mr. Cuenod so much as refers to this case, viz: 
 I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the application of Helena
Pecare for a passport, together with the naturalization certificate of her
father and three other documents. It appears that the applicant was born
abroad and has never been in the United States, although now over 32 years
of age. Before this application can be acted upon it will be necessary that
the legation should be assured that the applicant has, since her majority,
definitely elected to retain the citizenship conferred upon her by the naturalization
of her father and that she really intends to go to the United States, there
to reside and perforni the duties of a citizen. If able to make such declarations
under oath, you will attach them to the application in the form of an affidavit,
and, I nee(l not add, satisfy yourself that she fully understands the nature
of the requirements and of her statement under oath. The papers above referred
to are herewith returned. 
 In reply to the above letter, which sets forth the grounds on which the
issue of a passport was temporarily refused, Miss Pecare makes the following
statement: 
 I can confirm under oath that since my majority I have definitely elected
to retain the citizenship of the United States, as it has been my late father's
dearest wish and the reason why he was married only by the American consul
instead of also under German law. But I can not say under oatli that I go
to America. It is my intention to go in spring. My l)rotller awaits inc at
Naples in April. His movements are often so unsettled and we have a sister
in Europe who is ill. If you must refuse my application I shall be very grieved.
I did hope that the children of an American citizen had a right to citizenship
somewhere. If you can not give me the passport, could you kindly give inc
a paper to say that my father has been an American and that as his daughter
I, too, belong to America? 
 The fact that Miss Pecare allowed eleven years to pass after attaining her
majority before taking any steps toward claiming American citizenship, that
she has resided continuously abroad thirty-two years without visiting the
United States, i. e., since her birth in Frankfort, and that she can not
declare under oath her intention to go there to reside, has led inc to decline
to issue her a passport, and I have the honOr to ask for the approval of
the Department in so doing. 
 While the applicant declares intention to go to the United States 


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