Mr. Straus to Mr. Hay.
Constantinople, November 19, 1898.
Sir: Regarding the question of local passports (teskeres), the denial of which has for the past year or more been a matter of frequent hindrance [Page 1100]and inconvenience to Americans and foreigners of all nations, I have the honor to report:
Supplementary to my report on this matter contained in my dispatch No. 21, of November 16, I have received from the Porte the note verbale, of which a translation is attached. I also attach a copy of my reply to the minister of foreign affairs.
I regard this as a satisfactory solution of the matter, brought about by my negotiations. The other powers whose subjects suffered from some denial of teskeres receive equal benefit from this decision of the council of ministers.
The American missionaries are very much gratified with this result, and have expressed to me their high appreciation for the success achieved. They value this even more than the exequatur for our consulship at Erzeroum, as the denial and delay in granting teskeres, by the ministry referring requests to the palace for the Sultan’s irade, was a constant source of hindrance to them in going to and returning from their stations in the interior.
I have, etc.,