File No. 8130/6.

The German Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 4413/07.]

Mr. Secretary of State: Dr. Harris, an American citizen and physician of the American Presbyterian Mission at Tripoli, Syria, who also holds the office of American consular agent at that place, was recently appointed vice consul of the German Empire there. [Page 266] He has declared his readiness to accept, subject to the condition that he will be authorized thereto by the American Government.

By direction of my Government, I have the honor respectfully to beg that Your Excellency will grant to the consular representative of the United States at Tripoli permission to assume the office of German vice consul. A favorable communication would place me under special obligation to Your Excellency.

Accept, etc.,