to Mr. Wurts.
Washington , September 25, 1888.
Sir: I inclose a copy of a dispatch from the United States minister at Teheran, relating to the case of Mr. Easton, an American missionary at Tabriz, whose passport the Russian consul at that place declines to visa.[Page 1412]
It would seem that Mr. Easton’s object in seeking a visa to his pass port is simply to quit Tabriz by the shorter and more expedition-route passing through Russian territory via the Baku and Batoum road, instead of being compelled to take the longer and more difficult journey through Armenia to Trebizond.
You are instructed to endeavor to obtain the requisite permission for transit for himself and family.
Should Mr. Easton’s object be to reside in Russia, the Department would wish fuller information touching the circumstances of his expulsion from Turkistan by General Skobeleff, during a state of hostilities which it is believed no longer continues.
I am, etc.,