File No. 761.91/18.

The Persian Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

No. 64.]

Excellency: I have the honor to inclose for your excellency’s consideration the translation of a cipher cable received this afternoon from the minister of foreign affairs at Teheran. As the inclosed cable explains, I am advised to communicate with my Government by cable as soon as I may have the pleasure of receiving a reply from your excellency.

Accept, etc.,

Mirza Ali Kuli Khan.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Persian Legation at Washington.


Through the cables Nos. 968 and 967 you have been advised of the attitude of the Russians, of interrupting the relations, of ordering troops, and finally of compliance with their demands; and you know that all these (Russian) steps are directed toward (forcing) the dismissal of Mr. Shuster. For they consider Mr. Shuster’s activities such as the “opposition to the Belgians, the engaging of Maj. Stokes, and the appointing of Englishmen for the north, and especially the publication of communications and correspondence against Russia in the English papers”—as opposed to their policy and interest. They are therefore exerting themselves to destroy Mr. Shuster’s work and to subject this Government to such threats and pressure which would destroy the very independence of this country. Some (?) days ago (?) Mr. Shustersent a long letter, either.(?) against Russia and England, and especially against Russia, to the (London) Times, and he afterwards published and spread that letter in Teheran. Yesterday, when I went to the Russian legation for apology, and I supposed that the compliance with the demand made in reference to the Garden of Shoaes Salteneh will remove their pretext for the sending of troops, I found that the Russian minister brought up the subject of the letter (i. e., Mr. Shuster’s to the Times), claiming it to be a “great insult to the Russian Government,” and wishing to use it as a pretext against withdrawing the troops. I am certain that the proposal which they (Russians) will make to us would be the dismissal of Mr. Shuster, and on this matter the affair of Persia and Russia will reach the point of extreme difficulty, in such a manner that we might either consent to Mr. Shuster’s removal or to the actual, immediate destruction of the country.

You must do your best to call on the minister of foreign affairs and discuss this matter and immediately learn the view of the United States Government. In any event immediately cable the view of the United States foreign office as to the policy of action which the Persian Government must adopt in this instance. Third of Zi-haja. No. 889.

Vossough-ed Douvleh.