Mr. McDonald to Mr. Gresham.
Teheran, Persia, October 21, 1893. (Received November 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to invite your attention to the accompanying communication to His Majesty the Shah from me.
The occasion of it was the atrocious murder of Aga Jan Khan, an Armenian Christian, a man of prominence and character at Oroomiah, Persia.
The piteous appeal of the wife of the murdered man, reciting the horrible particulars, was forwarded to me by Americans in Oroomiah with the request that I transmit it to His Majesty the King. In doing so it will be seen that I disclaim any official authority in the matter, but act merely in a personal capacity and in the interest of humanity.
A copy of another paper, an appeal to the vali and (heir apparent), the governor of Tabriz, a son of the Shah, from American citizens at Oroomiah, forwarded to me through the British consulate at Oroomiah and the British legation in this city, will also be found as an inclosure of this dispatch.
In this it will be seen that the missionaries say “the Christians have been obliged to shut themselves in their homes for fear of another similar incident taking place.” Supposing that this remark embraces the American citizens, I have called the attention of His Majesty to it in my official capacity, invoking the interposition of his authority and power in their behalf.
I have, etc.,