No. 647.

Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 480.]

Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 260, relative to the affair of Messrs. Knapp and Reynolds, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note in their case which will be sent to-day to the minister of foreign affairs. The communication, I beg to say, is in accordance with your instructions in the matter of Dr. Pflaum (see Department dispatch No. 257), and I hope it will meet your approval.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 480.]

Mr. Wallace to Assim Pasha.

Excellency: Immediately upon receipt of the note, No. 77230, 2, dated the 12th of last January, which you did me the honor to address to me relative to the outrage perpetrated by the Kurd, Moussa Bey, upon the American citizens, Messrs. Knapp and Reynolds, concerning which there had been much correspondence between your ministry and this legation, I referred it to the Department of State of my Government.

The admission in the said communication of the discovery of irregularities in the affair of those gentlemen serious enough to justify the Sublime Porte in putting certain officials connected with them under judgment, was viewed by the chief of the Department as satisfactory evidence of a desire and purpose on the part of the imperial Government to act in the matter in accordance with international comity and light counsel. The further view of my Government is that the judgment under which the delinquent officials have been put, whatever it may have been, is not a sufficient satisfaction for the extreme personal injuries inflicted upon Messrs. Knapp and Reynolds.

Lest the Sublime Porte may conclude otherwise, I have the honor to renew the demand for a money indemnity heretofore made in their behalf, and to request yon to be good enough to give me an answer at your earliest convenience.

I avail, &c.,