File No. 4960/69–72.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Leishman.

No. 225.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 277, of the 28th ultimo, transmitting two notes addressed by you to the Sublime Porte with the intention of placing on record a definite statement of the concessions granted to American institutions and cotton-seed interests, and intimating that as soon as the remaining details were disposed of the United States would give consideration to the Porte’s request that it acquiesce in the proposed 3 per cent increase in the customs duties.

Congratulating you upon your wise management of this important and difficult negotiation, and with high appreciation of your services in having brought it to a successful issue.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.