No. 428.
Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 357.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your dispatch No. 157, of February 29, 1884, relative to my note to the Sublime Porte offering to accede to its request for lists of American citizens in Turkey upon conditions named.

The views you were pleased to present therein in support of objections to the concession as proposed, are certainly unanswerable, and while it is true that it was not in my mind to make a consular certificate of citizenship take the place of a formal passport, or leave the list furnished by the legation determinative of all who might be entitled to protection as citizens, the points you present have given me new light upon the subject. In fact my faith in the possibility of gaining the object aimed at—reservation to consuls of right to determine questions of citizenship to the exclusion of Turkish authorities—is so shaken by your paper that instead of remodeling my note, as you kindly suggest, I have taken the liberty of altogether withdrawing the proposals presented to the Sublime Porte. The note of withdrawal is herewith inclosed.

Being satisfied that this is at least the safest course, I venture to hope it will meet your approval.

Very respectfully, &c.,

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[Inclosure in No. 357.]

Mr. Wallace to Aarifi Pasha.

note verbale.

The Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The legation of the United States of America had the honor to acknowledge the receipt from the imperial ministry of foreign affairs of a circular note relative to the inscription of American citizens resident in the Empire and to assure the said ministry of its willingness to comply with the desires expressed therein upon certain conditions.

The reply of the legation is contained in a note verbale, No. 199, hearing date January 25, 1884.

The legation begs to say now that further consideration of the subject has disclosed the great inconveniency, if not absolute impossibility, of such compliance, due regard being had to the laws of the United States, to regulations of long standing there under, and to a prudent conservatism with, respect to rights of American citizens in the imperial dominions.

The legation of the United States therefore withdraws its offers contained in the said note verbale, No. 199, and deters conclusions on the subject.

The imperial ministry of foreign affairs not having as yet signified acceptance of the conditions proposed by the legation, it may be presumed that the deferment herein announced will not be provocative of any inconvenience.