File No. 367.11/82.

The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 322.]

Sir: Replying to your telegram dated November 19, concerning the seizure of horses [etc.], I have the honor to enclose herewith copy with translation of the circular note on the subject, dated October 10, 1912, received from the Sublime Porte, and also the note verbale identique dated October 12, 1912, in reply thereto, protesting against the requisition “de vive force” of horses and conveyances belonging to foreign subjects.

Prior to the receipt of the above-mentioned telegram, I instructed our consular officers to demand in all such cases most-favored-nation treatment.

I have [etc.]

W. W. Rockhill.
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[Inclosure 1—Circular note—Translation.]

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy.

The commission for the purchase and requisition of horses having had occasion to ascertain that certain consulates, surprised in their good faith, have delivered through their chancelleries certificates showing as foreign property horses belonging to Ottoman subjects, the Imperial Ministry will be obliged to the Diplomatic Missions if they will kindly instruct their consular agents to act with more circumspection. It would be desirable above all that no such certificates be delivered for horses of private carriages, which are subject to requisition.

The Imperial authorities have received, on the other hand, severe instructions to see that no irregular proceedings take place.

[Inclosure 2—Identic note verbale.]

The American Embassy to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Embassy of the United States of America has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the circular note verbale which the Imperial Ottoman Ministry for Foreign Affairs has kindly addressed to it on October 10, and it has not failed to communicate the contents of the said note to the agents placed under its orders.

The American Embassy, however, regrets to see that, in spite of the assurances given by the Sublime Porte at the end of the above note, the military authorities of the Capital, for the past few days, proceed by force to the requisition of horses, chariots and automobiles belonging to foreign subjects.

Consequently the Embassy of the United States begs the Sublime Porte to kindly reiterate urgently its severe instructions to the competent authorities with a view to putting an end to such proceedings, for which it reserves from the present moment to assert any claims of damage and interest which may be presented to it.