Mr. Straus to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople , April 20, 1889. (Received May 6.)
Sir: Referring to the subject-matter of the Departments instructions Nos. 74, 107, 111, 140, 154, 168, etc., respecting the restrictions attempted to be placed upon foreign Jews resorting to Palestine, I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a memorial from the Jerushalaim Lodge of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith at Jerusalem.
From this memorial it appears that the action taken by this legation under the Department’s instruction, and by the English and French embassies, as reported in my dispatches Nos. 80 and 85, respectively, of May 19 and 28, 1888, has had the desired effect in removing such restrictions.
The original memorial is elaborately engrossed in gold and rubric and written in English and Hebrew. Considerable allowance must be made for the extravagant language in which the memorial is couched, after the manner of the East.[Page 717]
I have sent a reply to the memoralists, stating in substance that I was gratified to learn that the restrictions had been rescinded, and that the action I had taken in the matter was in pursuance of and in strict compliance with the Department’s instructions to protect American citizens abroad in their rights and privileges as such irrespective of race and creed.
I have, etc.,