Mr. McDonald to Mr. Olney.

No. 278.]

Sir: I herewith transmit a translation of an order from the foreign minister, by direction of the Shah, prohibiting the importation of books into Persia, except under certain vexatious restrictions. I shall protest against this edict as unjust to foreigners residing in the Kingdom and as contrary to the spirit of the age.

I have, etc.,

Alex. McDonald.
[Inclosure in No. 278—Translation.]

The Minister for Foreign Affairs to Mr. McDonald.

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.)