No. 550.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Pratt.

No. 19.]

Sir: Your No. 23, of January 21 last, has been received.

The portion referring to the concession made by the Shah for the erection of hospital under the direction of Dr. Torrence, missionary [Page 916] physician of the American Presbyterian Board, has been communicated to the press.

The Government of the United States is much pleased at the evident disposition of His Majesty the Shah and his ministers to deal promptly and justly, as well as kindly, with all questions affecting American interests, and you are instructed to lose no fitting opportunity to testify its gratification and good will.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.