File No. 367116/93.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Straus.

No. 116.]

Sir: Your dispatch, No. 173, of the 16th ultimo, concerning the status of the negotiations respecting American educational and [Page 860] missionary institutions in the Ottoman Empire, has been received and read with attention.

The difficulties with which you are meeting in your efforts to press the negotiations to a successful conclusion are fully understood, and your action in the matter has the approval of the department.

I am, etc.,

Huntington Wilson.