Mr. Blaine to Mr. Straus.

No. 217.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 196, of May 27, 1889, concerning the vizerial letter to governors-general in Turkey respecting American schools.

I desire to offer the Department’s congratulations on the success which has so far crowned your efforts in dealing with this troublesome and vexatious question, and to express the hope that now many of the hardships which have surrounded the American schools there, through arbitrary local interference, may speedily disappear in the interest of a better and more satisfactory condition of affairs.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.