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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88

Persia,   pp. 913-919 PDF (2.7 MB)

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                              No. 546.
                     .Mr. Pratt to Mr. Bayard.
                              [Extraot. I
NO. 9.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
          Teheran, NYovember 29, 1886. (Received January 12, 1887.)
  SIR: In my dispatch No. 8, diplomatic series, I had the honor to in.
form youf of my official reception by His Majesty the Shah on the,24th
instant, and beg now to report that, acting upon the suggestions con-
tained in your circular of the 20th September, concerning the advance-
ment of our commercial and industrial interests abroad, I questioned
the minister ├Żof foreign affairs as to the attitude his Government
was assume towards American enterprise, and on learning from
him it would be in all respects a most friendly one, but that to more
satisfy myself on this score, it might be well to confer with his sovereign
personally, I sought and was promptly accorded an iinterview with the
Shah yesterday morning.
  His Majesty retained me in conversation for over an hour discoursing
upon the great and valuable deposits in Persia of iron, coal, copper,
sulphur, and numerous other useful ores and precious minerals, and the
fertility of the soil on the vast table lands, which required but improved
means of irrigation to be made to return unfailing and abundant crops
of wheat, maize, sugar-cane, tobacco, and rice, as well as cotton and
other fiber-yielding plants, to say nothing of the tropical and semi-
tropical fruits and vegetable medical products.
  "The field,"1he said, is opened to American capital and industry,
'which have but to come here and reap its fruits."
  Hereupon I directly asked His Majesty if it was his wish that the
development of the industrial and commtircial resources of Persia
should be undertaken by Americans, and if in such undertakings our
people would receive his full protection and support.
  To this he replied in the affirmative, assuring me that not only would
their right& be guarantied and their interests promoted in every possi-
ble way, but that I had his authority to inform my Government that
through me extraordinary concessions would be granted American cap-
italists coming here for the purpose of constructing lines of railway,
cutting canals for irrigating and draining purposes, opening up rfines,
and establishing manufactories, or entering upon large farming or
planting operations, or other legitimate industrial or agricultural enter-
  His Majesty also said that understanding I) had a practical knowl-
edge of railway and mining engineering, as well as of cotton and cane
culture as practiced in the Southern States of America, he would very
much like to have me examine into and report upon the resources and
possibilities of the Empire.
9256 F n 87    --58

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