Mr. Uhl to Mr. Terrell.

No. 319.]

Sir: Referring to the Department’s No. 296, of the 29th ultimo, I inclose herewith copy of a letter from the Rev. Judson Smith, foreign secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, expressing his gratification at the successful result of your efforts to secure an irade for the American College for Girls at Constantinople.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl, Acting Secretary.
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[Inclosure in No. 319.]

Mr. Smith to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: I have this morning received a cable message from Miss Patrick, the president of the American College for Girls at Constantinople, Turkey, stating that Judge Terrell has informed her that His Majesty the Sultan has graciously issued an irade for the college in consideration of its great services in educating his Christian family and subjects. Coming so promptly after the communication which I sent to you dated December 26, reporting Miss Patrick’s special request that the matter be brought to a prompt conclusion, we have every assurance that your invaluable services have been immediately rendered in effecting this delightful consummation, and I desire to express to you my own personal gratification with the result, and to assure you that in this feeling all my associates heartily join, as well as the ladies who are more immediately connected with the college at Constantinople. It is but an added proof, where many have appeared before, of the readiness with which our Government takes up American interests abroad, and the efficiency of such representations from our Government to the powers abroad.

Again assuring you of the exceeding gratification with which this tidings has been received,

I am, etc.,

Judson Smith,
Foreign Secretary A. B. C. F. M.