Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State.
Constantinople, March 6, 1906.
Sir: I beg to inclose herewith, for the information of the department, copy of a circular note issued by the Sublime Porte preparatory to the promulgation of the new stamp law.
While the proposed law, which has been under discussion for the past year, has been materially modified, and many of the objectionable features eliminated, I have, in furtherance of the policy already outlined to the department, notified the minister for foreign affairs that the legation was not in position to recommend its acceptance on account of the failure of the Sublime Porte to put its numerous promises and agreements into practical execution. (See copy of legation’s note to the Porte inclosed herewith.)
I can already see signs of activity at the Porte which lead me to believe that we may expect favorable action upon a number of our pending cases in the very near future.
I have, etc.,