Mr. Terrell to Mr. Olney.

No. 634.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a letter from Mr. Schma-vonian, the attorney for the female college at Scutari. The delivery of the irade when no new buildings are to be constructed is equivalent to a firman. This is the only institution in whose favor an irade exempting from all taxes forever has ever been issued, and it is not probable that any similar one will ever issue.

I have, etc.,

A. W. Terrell.
[Inclosure No. 634.]

Mr. Schmavonian to Mr. Terrell.

Your Excellency: In reply to your inquiries concerning the tenure of the property of the American College for Girls in Scutari, I have the honor to inform your excellency that the document officially announcing the Imperial irade was handed to me some time ago by the ministry of Ercaf. Thus the property of the said college is exempted from all kinds of taxes, and also by an exceptional Imperial favor from the payment of the yearly moucata’a of 5,632½ piasters.

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According to precedent, so long as no new building is erected, no firman is issued for the moucata’a-i-zémine (the present change of tenure), and the document given by the ministry of Ercaf is considered by many similar institutions as fully sufficient. We have, however, applied to the department of title deeds and requested them to issue new deeds in the name of the college, Our request has been accepted, and I expect to obtain the said deeds within a short time. No fees will have to be paid for this.

Allow me to thank your excellency for the indefatigable efforts which you have used in this matter.

I am, etc.,

Arschag K. Schmavonian,