Mr. BoJcer to Mr. Fish.
Constantinople , August 13, 1873. (Received September 4.)
Sir: I have the honor herewith to inclose a second circular-letter from the Sublime Porte, together with a translation of the same, on the question of the tolls charged by the Suez Canal Company. This letter, like the first, is regarded by a “majority of the foreign representatives as another effort on the part of the Sublime Porte to avoid all responsibility, either toward the powers or the Suez Canal Company. The character of the letter is advisory and not mandatory, and a foil settlement of the question is still referred to the proposed international commission.
This commission will assemble at Constantinople on the 15th day of September next; and, in consequence of the nearness of that date, I am greatly embarrassed about the appointment of delegates on our part. In my opinion, we should be represented in the commission; and, if the Department agree in that opinion, I beg that instructions upon the subject may be sent to me by telegraph.
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