Mr. Sperry to Mr. Foster.
Teheran Persia , January 16, 1893 . (Received February 28.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that on the 10th January instant, a complaint was received at this legation from the Rev. Lewis F. Esselstyn, in regard to an insult received the day before, the 9th of January, in the streets of Teheran by Mrs. Lewis F. Esselstyn, his wife, and a request made that the offender be arrested and punished.
On the 22d October 1892, just after Mr. Fox had left Teheran, a complaint of the same general nature was received at this legation from Mr. Esselstyn, in regard to himself. Mr. John Tyler, interpreter, who was in charge of the legation at that time, promptly took such measures as secured, in that case, satisfactory reparation and justice. I inclose the correspondence in that case.
Mrs. Esselstyn’s case was promptly brought to the attention of the police, and arrest was made, but not of the right person; this error was promptly rectified by arresting the real offender, who was brought to this legation, identified, and his guilt proven, and adequate punishment administered, under such circumstances and conditions as are fully set forth in the report of the matter which I made to Mr. Esselstyn on the 14th January. I take pleasure in stating that the public authorities of Teheran supported and cooperated with the legation in every respect.
The munshi of this legation was sent as an official witness of the punishment. A copy of his report in Persian and English accompanies this dispatch.
The bond taken from the culprit and his relatives for the future good behavior of the boy (he is 18 years old) is on file in the police office of this city, and a true copy has been placed on record at this legation. I send herewith a copy of this bond in Persian and English.
I also send a copy of Mr. Esselstyn’s reply to the report which I made to him on Saturday, the 14th January.
It was annoying to me that this affair occurred so soon after my arrival, and while I was still engaged in making the long round of ceremonial visits upon the officers of His Majesty’s Government. I believe that by making a responsible officer of police a party to the examination I have succeeded in creating the impression here that this legation desires for American residents in Persia nothing further than that safety from insult and injury which is secured to American citizens, residing abroad, by all friendly nations. The necessity for the punishment of the boy was as frankly admitted by the public authorities of Teheran as it was evident to me, although heretofore the duty of whipping men or boys has never been laid upon me.
I have, etc.,