The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Turkey (Patterson)

No. 233

Sir: The Department has received and has read with interest the Ambassador’s despatch No. 1006 of April 17, 1930, with regard to the assessment by the Turkish authorities of a tax of 109,000 Turkish pounds on the Constantinople Woman’s College.

The Department approves of the informal representations which the Ambassador made in this matter to the Turkish Prime Minister and to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and observes with satisfaction that both of these officials are giving sympathetic consideration to the Ambassador’s viewpoint.

For the information of the Embassy it may be added that the Department concurs in the Ambassador’s opinion that it would not be desirable, for the present at least, to discuss with the Turkish Ambassador at Washington the question of the assessment of donation and bequest taxes on American educational institutions in Turkey.

The Embassy will, of course, continue to report upon developments in this case which will be followed by the Department with interest.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Francis White