File No. 367.114M69/132.

The Secretary of State to the American Consul General at Smyrna

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 23 of May 10 last, enclosing a memorandum containing an account of the attitude taken by you in reference to the action of the Ottoman authorities in the matter of the arrest and detention of the captain of the American ship Texas, recently sunk in the harbor of Smyrna.

Your report has been read with much interest and the Department commends you for the able manner in which you have treated the question.

There is enclosed for your information and guidance a paraphrase of the Department’s telegram of the 29th ultimo to the Ambassador at Constantinople in regard to the matter.

I am [etc.]

Mr. Knox
Wilbur J. Carr.