The Secretary of State to the Minister in Albania (Grant-Smith)

No. 80

Sir: Referring to your despatch No. 11 of January 5, 192331 and to the Department’s instruction No. 17 of February 19, 1923,32 in reply, there is enclosed for your information a copy of a letter received by the Department from the President of the Archaeological Institute of America33 in which he protests on behalf of the Institute and of several of the larger museums of the country against the reported monopolistic concession for archaeological exploration granted by the Albanian Government to France. A copy of the Department’s reply is likewise enclosed.33

It is desired that you bring the point of view of the Archaeological Institute of America to the attention of the Albanian Foreign Office, stating that this Government is opposed to the granting of privileges connected with permission to conduct archaeological explorations which would tend to exclude interested American individuals or societies who might wish to participate in the work.

I am [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes