Mr. Uhl to Mavroyeni Bey.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 24th instant, in which you refer to alleged malevolent and untruthful publications in the press of the United States by Ottoman subjects against the Turkish Government, and in view of the circumstance that in your country such publications may be prevented by administrative action, you state the wish of the Imperial Government that similar measures be taken by the Government of the United States, and in particular that Ottoman subjects making such publications here be delivered to the Ottoman Government.

Under our system the Executive is not clothed with the power whose exercise you invoke, and is equally without authority to deliver an accused person to a foreign government save under due proceedings in extradition under a treaty when the commission of a specified offense in the demanding country is proved by judicial evidence.

Accept, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.