The Secretary of State to Ambassador Leishman.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 31, of the 14th ultimo, reporting that, under instructions from you, the consul at Trebizond secured the settlement, without the necessity of referring the matter to the central Government at Constantinople, of a dispute regarding the levying of duty at Trebizond on goods imported for American missionaries in the interior.

The department joins with you in gratification at the successful termination of the incident.

I am, etc,

E. Root.