to Mr. Bayard.
St. Petersburg, November 10, 1888. (Received November 28.)
Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 144 of the 25th of September last, and to my reply No. 202 of the 10th ultimo, on the subject of the refusal of the Russian consul at Tabriz, Persia, to visa the passport of the Rev. Mr. Easton, an American missionary in Persia, who desires to pass through Russian territory in traveling to the west, I beg you to [Page 1415] find inclosed herewith a copy of my note to the Russian foreign office requesting that Mr. Easton and his family be permitted to pass through Russian possessions, and a copy and translation of the answer from the Imperial ministry of foreign affairs communicating the refusal of the minister of the interior to grant the desired authorization, on the ground that Mr. Easton had on former sojourns endeavored several times to make conversions to the Protestant faith among Russian Armenians.
I have, etc.,