Mr. Tyler to Mr. Gresham.

No. 118.]

Sir: In my No. 115 of July 25 I had the honor to transmit a copy and translation of a letter which I had addressed to the Mushir-ul-Mulk regarding the proposal of Mr. Hawkes, a missionary in Hamadan, to open a school in Kermanshah for the instruction of Jewish and Christian children in that city. I now beg to forward his excellency’s reply, which, it will be observed, is still unfavorable.

Whether the troubles in Hamadan have had anything to do with this refusal I do not know, but at any rate the Government seem to have made up their minds on the subject, and I think that any further application would be useless at the present.

I am, etc.,

John Tyler,
Vice-Consul-General in charge.
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[Inclosure in No. 118—Translation.]

Mushir-ul-Mulk to Mr. Tyler.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your esteemed favor of the 15th of Ramazan, A. H. 1312, in regard to the proposal of Mr. Hawkes to open a school at Kermanshah for the instruction of Jewish and Christian children, and have understood its contents. I have reported the matter to the proper quarter, but in view of the unfavorable surroundings in connection with this proposal, and which have already been communicated to the legation, and which, should a favorable opportunity present itself, I may report in more detail to you personally, it seems that to open a school of this kind in that city would unquestionably give rise to troubles and disputes; and the Persian Government apologizes for not being able to concede the permission to Mr. Hawkes to open a school in that city.

I take, etc.,