Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, May 29, 1883. (Received June 18.)
Sir: In my dispatch to the Department No. 220, I reported a conversation with his highness the minister of foreign affairs, in the course of which he informed me that the Sublime Porte, acting upon a decision of the grand council of state, had determined not to accede to the demands of Russia, the United States and Roumania, touching the petroleum concession. To-day I am in receipt of a written communication from the minister to the same effect, and have the honor to inclose a copy and a translation of the document. This action leaves me perfectly free to forward to the palace the paper requested by the Sultan.
I have, &c.,