The Turkish Minister to the Secretary of State.


Mr. Secretary of State: Some ecclesiastical authorities transgressing their powers have been issuing letters of attorney.

As those instruments can be drawn up and authenticated in the Ottoman Empire by the courts of the “shéri” and notaries only, I beg that your excellency will kindly address to the proper quarter the necessary communications in order that all instruments of that character unlawfully issued shall not be accepted by the American authorities if ever presented to them.

Be pleased to accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my very high consideration.