The Secretary of State to Minister Leishman.

No. 943.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, No. 1191, of the 4th instant, inclosing a copy of recent correspondence between you and the Porte on the subject of the colportage and unrestricted sale of the Bible in Turkey.

The Department commends your note to Tewfik Pasha, in which you take exception to the manner in which certain regulations were to be applied, for the reason, as you say, that 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 safely be left in the hands of local officials.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.