Mr. Blaine to Mr. Straus.

No. 215.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 195, of the 18th ultimo, concerning the protection of George Meimar, a naturalized citizen of Turkish origin, in whose case the Ottoman Government joins issue on the main question of recognition of his American citizenship on the ground that he has not received an imperial iradé permitting him to assume a foreign allegiance.

The action of Mr. Emmet in behalf of Mr. Meimar is approved, and you are instructed to make energetic remonstrance against any action on the part of the Turkish Government tending in any manner to deny or abridge his just rights as such American citizen.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.