Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State.
Constantinople, November 4, 1905.
Sir: Referring further to my dispatch, No. 1171, of October 9, 1905, regarding the question of colportage and unrestricted sale of the Bible in Turkey, I beg to inclose for the information of the Department copy of recent correspondence with the Sublime Porte on this subject.
While the declarations of the minister for foreign affairs may be accepted as a satisfactory adjustment of the matter in principle, I have felt it necessary to take exception to the manner in which certain regulations were to be applied, for while the stipulations mentioned in the note of the Porte would appear to be just, the right to determine the necessity of putting such restrictions into operation could not be safely left in the hands of local officials.
I have, etc.,