Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, May 15, 1883. (Received June 4.)
Sir: A short time ago, through the interpreter of the legation, I made verbal application to the imperial minister of public instruction for a permit to reprint the Holy Bible and Testament in Arabic. This was in behalf of the American Bible Society, whose editions in that language are about exhausted. At the same time Mr. Wyndham, H. B. M.’s charge d’affaires here, acting for the corresponding British society, presented a like request to the same official. The note verbal herewith inclosed by copy is the result. It is to be presumed a similar answer has been returned to my colleague.
Immediately upon receipt of the note I made haste to transmit a copy of it to the Bible House, with an explanation, of which a copy is also inclosed. Until I have answer from the Bible House I shall take no further step in the business. Fortunately there is at this moment a convention in session in Stamboul, composed of a greater part of the American missionaries at work in Turkey. The question of acceptance of the permit will receive full consideration and be wisely determined. I have no doubt it will be promptly rejected.
I am, &c.,