Mr. Blaine to Mr. Hirsch.

No. 87.]

Sir: I have received your No. 118 of the 25th ultimo, in further reference to the alleged robbery, about 1 year ago, of the American missionaries Rev. Mr. McDowell and Dr. Wishard by three Nestorian mountaineers, whose names are given in your note to the Sublime Porte of the 24th ultimo.

A speedy and just disposition of this complaint seems very desirable.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.