Mr. Bay to
Washington, October 22, 1880.
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Nos. 37 and 41, of the respective dates of the 16th and 21st ultimo, reporting your action upon the recent instructions of the Department in the special case of Henry Pinkos, and upon the general subject of the expulsion of American citizens from Russian cities on no other ground than profession of the Hebrew faith.
Your course appears to have been discreet, and it is hoped that you will press your representations to the successful establishment of the principle of religious toleration for our citizens peacefully residing or traveling abroad, which we as a nation have such a deep interest in maintaining.
I am, &c.,