Mr. Bayard to Mr. Straus.
Washington , March 23, 1888.
Sir: Mr. Gillman, our consul at Jerusalem, in his No. 40, of February 10 ultimo, reports to the Department the harsh application in Palestine of the recently promulgated passport regulations of the Turkish Empire, and his representations to the governor that American citizens should, in comity, be granted some degree of exception from such requirements in view of the absence of any passport regulations in respect of Turkish subjects visiting the United States.
It appears that Mr. Gillman’s dispatch has been brought to your attention through the consulate-general at Constantinople.
I have caused to be sent to Mr. Gillman copy of Department’s instruction to you, No. 14, of May 10, 1887, on the general subject of the new passport regulations, and now transmit to you a copy of Mr. Gillman’s dispatch referred to, and the Department’s reply thereto, in order that you may be fully advised should Mr. Gillman, in pursuance of his instructions, bring any well-founded case of hardship or denial to your notice.
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