Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, February 12, 1885. (Received March 6.)
Sir: In the matter of the circulation and sale of the books of the American Bible Society, and the closing of the schools at Ain Kunyet Banias and Mejdel Shems, which formed the subject of my dispatch to the Department, No. 471, I have the honor to inclose a report of the dragoman of the legation, dated the 10th instant, which will show that my private and unofficial resort to the minister of public instruction is working very well.
I also inclose a copy of a letter to be sent by next mail to Rev. Dr. Eddy at Beirut, which distinctly informs that gentleman and his associates of the action proposed to be taken by the minister of public instruction, and that the opening of the schools depends upon their applying for the permits required by the law. My present understanding is that the reopening of the place of worship and the return of Dr. Eddy’s property go with the reopening of the schools. Should this not be the case, it would appear that the failure in those cases will readily yield to a formal demand.
I have, &c.,