Mr. Blaine to Mr. King.

No. 29.]

Sir: I have received your No. 33 of the 12th ultimo, referring to a note verbale received in February last, from the Sublime Porte, regarding the military service of cavasses and dragomans employed by foreign consulates.

The terms of your proposed reply to the note of February are approved. It is hoped that the exemption sought for our employés, not being claimed as a right, will be conceded as a favor, so that the business of our officers in Turkey may not be embarrassed by the abrupt withdrawal of such experienced persons from our service.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.