The Secretary of State to Minister Leishman .

No. 960.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 1216,a of the 2d instant, on the subject of customs immunities for the American religious, educational, and benevolent institutions in the Beirut consular district.

I inclose herewith for consideration by you in connection with instructions Nos. 936 and 953, dated, respectively, the 15th ultimo and the 14th instant, a copy of a dispatch from the consul at Beirut,a inclosing an additional claim by the Syrian Protestant College for repayment of duties illegally collected on articles imported by the college.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.
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