Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, January 3, 1883. (Received January 29.)
Sir: I take the liberty of sending you a copy of a note forwarded today to his excellency the minister of foreign affairs. You will remember the case of Mr. Sidi, of Smyrna, presented in my dispatch No. 126. It [Page 822]now appears there is another American citizen, formerly a Turkish subject, who has large real property, liable, in the event of his death, to forfeiture under the Turkish law. The person referred to is Mr. Joseph Azarian, resident in this city, who is naturally much concerned about the matter.
The evident good policy of settling the question, if possible, before a death occurs to precipitate it in an aggravated form, is the motive of the present communication. The minister’s answer will be promptly forwarded.
Very respectfully, &c.,