Legation of the United States,
Teheran, Persia, January
[Inclosure in No.
The Minister for Foreign
Affairs to Mr. McDonald.
Teheran, January 20,
Sir: In accordance with the will of His
Imperial Majesty, the Shah, it has been ordered that all books,
whether of a sacred, religious, or” other description, which
subjects of foreign states may desire to introduce into Persia, the
importation and sale thereof are to depend upon the special
permission of the ministry of science of this Government.
And furthermore, the transportation of such books from any city of
the cities of Persia to other districts or provinces of this State
is to rest upon the authorization of the above-mentioned ministry of
science. And the transit permit of this ministry must contain the
names, the number, and other necessary descriptions of the books;
and without permission and transit pass of the science department
any book imported into Persia or is transported and delivered at
various cities, such books will be confiscated and attached, and the
offender be required to answer for his action.
I now beg most respectfully to inform your excellency that
thirty-three days from this date this order will take effect.
You will be good enough to bring this order to the notice of the
citizens of your Government and communicate the announcement
where-ever it may be necessary.
I avail myself, etc.,
(Seal of the Mushir-ed-Dowlah.)