Mr. Uhl to Mr. White.

No. 151.]

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.

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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.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary