No. 920.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Pratt.

No. 144.]

Sir: I have now to apprise you that the Persian minister to the United States, Hadji Hossein Kouli Khan, arrived by the steamship Servia from Queenstown at New York on the 30th ultimo. The Servia was met at quarantine by Mr. J. Fenner Lee, chief clerk of this Department, on board of a United States revenue steamer, kindly placed at his disposal for that purpose by the Secretary of the Treasury, and on board of which the minister was transferred from the Servia and conveyed to that city. He reached Washington on the evening of the 1st instant, and at 1 o’clock in the afternoon of the 2d visited the Department, where I had the pleasure of an interview with him. The President having designated the 3d instant, at noon, as the day and hour when he would formally receive the minister in official audience, I accompanied him to the Executive Mansion at that time and introduced him to the President, when the usual delivery of the minister’s letter of credence was made.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.