The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Howard)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s note No. 17 of January 9, 1925, in which you refer to the Department’s note of August 21st, last, and enquire whether, in view of the reparation made by the Persian Government for the death of Vice Consul Imbrie, this Government is prepared at this time to support the representations which His Majesty’s Chargé d’Affaires at Teheran has been instructed to address to the Persian Government with a view to its exercising a more effective control of the reported illicit traffic in opium from ports in the Persian Gulf to China and other Far Eastern countries.

In reply, I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that instructions have been sent to the American Chargé d’Affaires at Teheran directing him to bring to the attention of the Persian Government the views of this Government, as outlined in the second and third paragraphs of the note which I addressed to Your Excellency under date of August 21, 1924. I understand that these representations have now been made.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes