File No. 9757/4–5.
Chargé Brown to the Secretary of State.
Constantinople , November 29, 1907 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your instruction No. 287 of the 13th instant (file No. 9757), in reference to the opening by Turkish officials of the mail of American missionaries.
I have already had occasion to unofficially call the attention of the Ottoman postal authorities to abuses in this respect, and in compliance with your instructions I have this day addressed a formal note to the minister of foreign affairs (as per inclosure), reminding the Sublime Porte of its assurances in 1892, and the positive orders which it issued in the latter part of that year, that letters addressed to Americans should not be detained.
I have, etc.,