Mr. Uhl to Mr. White.
Washington , December 28, 1893 .
Sir: I have to acknowledge receipt of your No. 163, of the 9th instant, in relation to the request of Mr. L. H. Smith, an American citizen doing business in Russia, for a certified copy of a note from the foreign office concerning the right of Americans to acquire and hold real estate in Russia.[Page 540]
Were the Department in possession of a copy of the note referred to it could more readily reach a decision in the matter; but assuming its purport to be as represented by you there would seem to be no objection to Mr. Smith being furnished with a certified copy thereof. The full text should be sent to the Department.
I am, etc.,