Sir L. S.
Sackville West to Mr. Bayard.
Sir: In conformity with instructions which I have received from the Marquis of Salisbury, I have the honor to inclose to you herewith copy of a dispatch which his lordship has addressed to Her Majesty’s representatives on the subject of a concession granted by the Porte for the erection or maintenance of thirty lights in the Red Sea, on the southeastern coast of Arabia and in the Persian Gulf. Copy of this document is likewise inclosed, together with copy of a note from the Turkish ambassador in London and a copy of a memorandum prepared by the board of trade.
In transmitting this correspondence to you Iain at the same time requested to invite the United States Government to inform Her Majesty’s Government whether the Turkish proposals should, in their opinion, be agreed to, and, if not, as to what lights their trade requires, and what dues they are prepared to pay for them.
I have, &c.,