Mr. Bayard to Mr. Straus.
Washington, March 13, 1888.
Sir: I have received your No. 63, of the 24th ultimo, touching the customs immunities for foreign missionaries and others in Turkey, and desire to say that until the iradeh of 1864 (see Van Dyck’s report on the Ottoman capitulations, pp. 113–117), is formally amended by a new iradeh of equal force, you do well to remonstrate against any attempt to diminish its application to our seminaries, hospitals, dispensaries, schools, and asylums by a constrictive process of interpretation.
I have pleasure, therefore, in approving your note verbale to the Government of Turkey upon the subject.
I am, etc.,