867.602 Ot 81/175

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy ( Roosevelt ) to the Under Secretary of State ( Fletcher )

Dear Prather: I am enclosing herewith some papers37 to do with the concession from Rear Admiral Chester, for oil in Asia Minor. Admiral Chester wishes to be appointed Naval Attaché at Constantinople. If this were done it would give his project at least a semiofficial standing in the eyes of the other governments. This matter is primarily one for the state department to decide. He has advised me that you are in accord with his ideas. Will you kindly write me fully concerning the matter.

Very truly yours,

Theodore Roosevelt
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