Mr. Gresham to Mr. Terrell.

No. 221.]

Sir: I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a note from the Turkish minister, in which, reviewing the case of Adam Aivazian, he asks that, for reasons stated, you be instructed to consider Aivazian an Ottoman subject.

Mavroyeni Bey has been informed that on July 2 last (instruction No. 195) you were directed to investigate this case, and, should Aivazian’s conservation of the rights of American citizenship not be established, to inform the Turkish minister for foreign affairs that this Government would not accord to him the privileges and protection it cheerfully accords to both its native and naturalized citizens.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.