The Secretary of State to Minister Leishman .

No. 979.]

Sir: I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a letter from Mr. Morris K. Jesup and of its inclosuresa in relation to the demand of this Government that American religious, benevolent, and educational institutions in Turkey shall receive the same privileges and immunities as are accorded by the Turkish Government to similar institutions of other nations.

The President’s message to the Sultan and the instructions sent by the department to the legation at that time and since should leave no doubt in the mind of the Turkish Government that the United States confidently and in common justice expects that American institutions shall be treated on an equal footing of benefit with those of other states, and that they shall share in the advantages accorded to like institutions of other foreigners under practice or agreement, including the principle of the Mityline settlement.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.
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