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The following despatch, with the Order of Her Majesty in Council therein alluded to, is published for general information:-
The Secretary of State for the Colonies to the Governor-General of Canada.
I have the honor to transmit to you for publication in the colony under your government, a copy of an Order of her Majesty in Council, declaring the making of a convention with the United States of America under the Naturalization act, 1870.
I have, &c.
At the Court at Windsor, the 17th day of August 1870
The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council.
Whereas by "The Naturalization act 1870," it is enacted that where her Majesty has entered into a convention with any foreign state, to the effect that the subjects or citizens of that state, who have been naturalized as British subjects, may divest themselves of their status as such subjects, it shall be lawful for her Majesty, by Order in Council, to declare that such convention has been entered into by her Majesty; and from and after the date of such Order in Council, any person originally a subject or citizen of the state referred to in such order, who has been naturalized as a British subject, may, within such limit of time as may be provided in the convention, making a declaration, such person shall be regarded as an alien and a subject of the state to which he originally belonged as aforesaid.
And whereas, on or about the 13th day of May last past, a convention between her Majesty and the President of the United States of America was duly signed at London, the ratifications whereof where duly exchanged at London, the 10th day of August instant, whereby the subjects or citizens of the United States of America, who have been naturalized as British subjects, are at liberty to renounce their naturalization and divest themselves of their status as such British subjects, provided that such renunciation be publicly declared within two years after the exchange of the ratification of the said convention. Now, therefore, her Majesty, by and with the advice of her Privy Council, doth hereby declare that her Majesty has entered into a convention with the said United States of America to the effect that, the subjects or citizens of those states who have been naturalized as British subjects may divest themselves of their status as such subjects.
(signed) ARTHUR HELPS
Journal of the Assembly of Nova Scotia
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