File No. 16840/2.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Greek Minister.

No. 36.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 19th instant, replying to the department’s note of the 12th of the same month transmitting a report regarding immigrants who had entered the United States as alleged priests of the Orthodox Greek Church, in which an expression of your views was requested as to the extent to which the Greek Government could certify to the full sacerdotal character of priests of that church.

The department is gratified to learn that such certification can be given in the cases of clergymen of the patriarchates of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Alexandria, and will be glad to receive the additional information promised.

Thanking you for your note and for the assurances it conveys, I beg you to accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.