File No. 10044/118.
Ambassador Leishman to the Secretary of State.
Constantinople , December 18, 1908 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegraphic instruction received to-day, containing the text of the resolutions adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the 17th instant, conveying their congratulations to the new Ottoman Parliament and directing me to transmit the same to the president of the chamber through the customary channels.
I have, therefore, personally handed a copy thereof to the minister for foreign affairs, with the request that he cause the same to be conveyed to the official in question.
Action of a similar nature was taken by almost every European parliament, but I am certain that the felicitations of Congress will be equally appreciated.
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