Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.

No. 462.]

Sir: I have the honor herewith respectfully to submit for your consideration the copy of a communication regarding the trial of Mrs. Wright’s assassin which I have this day addressed to the British consul-general at Tabreez, and which I trust will meet with your approval.

I have, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.
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[Inclosure in No. 462.]

Mr. Pratt to Colonel Stewart.

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 1 of the 12th instant, in which I recommended that the woman Asli, the reported paramour of Mrs. Wright’s assassin, Minas, be subpoenaed to appear as a witness for the prosecution at the latter’s trial, in order to obtain her testimony regarding, in the first place, the alleged intention of the said Minas to kill both Mr. and Mrs. Wright, and, secondly, the possible complicity of others in this crime, which, as I said, may prove to have been a more extensive conspiracy than was apparent on the surface, I would urge that in the summing up of the indictment you lay particular stress upon the fact that Mrs. Wright was pregnant at the time of her assassination, which, according to the law of the Koran, as I understand it, makes the murder in the present instance a double one.

I am, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.