Mr. Gresham to Mavroyeni Bey.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 4th instant, No. 34, in which, referring to your previous note of May 24 last and the Department’s reply of the 26th of the same month, you state that your Government has received favorable responses from several of the powers touching the extradition of Turkish subjects publishing in foreign countries malevolent articles against the Government of Turkey, and add that you are accordingly instructed by the Sublime Porte to renew your former proposal for an agreement looking to the surrender of such persons to the Turkish Government by that of the United States, and to express the hope of the Porte that the Government of the United States will be pleased not to persist in refusing the extradition of the persons in question.

In Mr. Uhl’s note of May 26 last you were informed that the President had no authority to surrender an accused person to a foreign government except under a statute regulating extradition and in pursuance of a treaty.

I have the honor to remind you that at that time no treaty authorizing the surrender to your Government of persons charged with the commission of the acts complained of was in existence, and that no such convention has since been concluded.

Accept, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.