Baron Thielmann to Mr. Olney.


Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of the 7th instant (No. 54) relative to the case of the American citizen, Louis Stern.

In reply to the statements therein made, I have the honor to inform your excellency that the Imperial Government receives complaints or suggestions from friendly Governments only when they are presented by the diplomatic representatives of such Governments accredited to it. It does this as a matter of principle, and in accordance with a practice which generally prevails. As to the rest, I can merely refer to the [Page 487] contents of the note which I had the honor to address to your excellency on this subject on the 1st instant, in reply to yours of the 26th ultimo (No. 42).

Be pleased to accept, etc.,