his purpose were not as successful as could be desired.
A large part of the population of Louisiana were foreigners — persons born in Europe who had never been naturalized in the United States, and who still owed allegiance to, and were entitled to the protection of the governments under which they had been born.
This class in particular, by the aid of the consuls and agents of their respective governments, had given a great deal of trouble, not only at New Orleans and in Louisiana, to General Butler and the authorities there, but numbers of claims which had been passed upon in one way and another in Louisiana went on appeal to Washington, and were there, through the ministers and agents of the respective governments, pressed upon the attention of the authorities.
These cases, as they had not been passed upon by courts of general jurisdiction and permanent powers, had to be re-examined there.
In this manner a great amount of labor was thrown upon the President and members of the Ca