Mr. Blaine to Mr. Hirsch.

No. 80.]

Sir: Your No. 104 of the 31st ultimo and its inclosure relative to the serious interferences with the book trade of the American missionaries in various parts of Turkey and under the most trifling pretexts have been carefully read. Your representations to the Sublime Porte in the matter have been judicious, and the Department will rely upon your strenuous efforts to secure the complete protection of this legitimate American interest.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.