Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.

No. 365.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 363, diplomatic series, of the 8th instant, I have the honor to report that yesterday, the 17th instant, 1 received a note from his excellency Khali] Khalid Bey, Turkish ambassador [Page 647]at this capital, inclosing for transmission through such channels as I should select, a communication addressed to his excellency the governor-general of the Vilayet of Van, on the subject of the complaint of Messrs. McDowell and Wishard, brought by me to the embassy’s attention on the 8th as already reported.

Copies and translations of the ambassador’s above-mentioned note and of my acknowledgment thereof are herein respectfully submitted.

I have also the honor to submit inclosed for your consideration the copy of a letter I have this day forwarded to Mr. McDowell with the note from the Turkish embassy to the governor-general aforesaid.

It is my hope that the affair may thus be satisfactorily adjusted without the necessity of our Government’s intervention.

I have, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 365.—Translation.]

Khalil Khalid Bey to Mr. Pratt.

Mr. Minister: I have had the honor to receive the letter yon were pleaded to address to me under date of the 8th instant, on the subject of the complaint of two of your countrymen, traveling on the frontier, against the authorities, the inhabitants and certain priests of the village of Gundekta, situated in the province of Tkhoma, in Ottoman Kurdistan.

Though trusting that the incident in question is hut of a purely local and private nature, I have, nevertheless, not failed, by the letter you will find inclosed, to call the facts to the attention of his excellency the governor-general of the Vilayet of Van, who, I am sure, will not delay to have justice in the matter accorded.

Accept, etc.,

Khalid.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 365.—Translation.]

Mr. Pratt to Khalil Khalid Bey.

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed note of the 16th instant, containing a communication for his excellency the governor-general of the Vilayet of Van, on the subject of the complaint brought by two of my countrymen against the authorities, the inhabitants, and certain priests of the village of Gundekta, situated in the province of Tkhoma, Ottoman Kurdistan.

In expressing to you my thanks for the manner in which you have been pleased to take this matter in hand, I hasten to say that I shall, without delay, transmit the letter in question to its destination through the agency of Mr. McDowell, and beg your excellency to accept, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 365.]

Mr. Pratt to Mr. McDowell.

Sir: Referring to my communication of the 8th instant, I take pleasure in handing yon inclosed a sealed note which in accordance with my representations based upon the complaint conveyed in your letter of the 25th ultimo, his excellency Khalil Khalid Bey, the Turkish ambassador at Teheran, has addressed to his excellency the governor-general of Van.

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The note in question you will please deliver in person or transmit through most reliable hands to the governor-general in order that this matter may have his earliest attention and the desired investigation be instituted as soon as possible.

I am, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.