Mr. Phelps to Mr. Bayard.
London, September 16, 1885. (Received October 3.)
Sir: Referring to Mr. Frelinghuysen’s instruction to my predecessor, No. 1006, of the 20th of October, 1884, in relation to the action of Mormon emissaries in India, I have the honor to acquaint you that immediately after its reception, on the 4th of November, 1884, Mr. Lowell addressed a note to Lord Granville, requesting, if practicable, that some measures might be taken to check the proceedings of these emissaries at Calcutta in promoting the emigration of their converts to America.
I have now received a reply to this note from Mr. Currie on behalf of Lord Salisbury, who states that the Government of India considers that the harm done by the Mormons during their stay in the country has been inappreciable, and that in the opinion of the Government no special [Page 449] measures are at present necessary, but that in the case of unlawful recruiting of men or women, the provisions of the penal code would be applied.
I inclose herewith a copy of the correspondence with the foreign office on this subject, and also the original printed documents which accompanied Mr. Currie’s note, of which it does not seem necessary to keep copies on our files.
I have, &c.,