File No. 6107/1–4.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Leishman.

No. 245.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 301, of June 17 last, reporting the settlement in favor of Leon H. Manoug, or Manoukian, of the long-pending question concerning the disposal of his father’s estate.

The department is gratified at the satisfactory termination of this case, the settlement of which is in a great measure due to your energy [Page 1066] and tact. It is also gratified at the recognition of the principle involved in the decision, namely, that United States consular courts are alone competent to decide who are the legal heirs of an American citizen.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.