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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Turkey,   pp. 810-889 PDF (28.6 MB)

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sentative stationed at Constantinople from whom it could receive
information of interest and importance. Inasmuch as Swedish Le-
gation continues to handle diplomatic affairs of this Government, it
is not necessary that you should have at present any official relations
with Turkish Government. It is highly important that you main-
tain friendly and intimate relations with the representatives of the
Allied countries in Constantinople and cooperate with them gen-
erally. While you will do for American citizens everything comn-
patible with present instructions your chief mission consists in keep-
ing Department and Embassy at Paris fully informed of conditions
in Turkey; political conditions in general, present attitude of
Turkish Government towards Americans and American institutions
and towards naturalized citizens of Ottoman origin; the relations
of the several Allied representatives, the aspirations of foreign gov-
ernments in Turkey, military, economic and financial situations,
conditions of travel, etc. You should bear in mind that your mis-
sion is not identical with the Allied High Commissioners sent to
Constantinople by the Governments at war with Turkey.
Rear Admiral Bristol is proceeding from England to Constanti-
nople as senior American Naval officer. He will take precedence
over you in rank.
123R19/130a: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Conseul General at Nantes
WASHINGToN, March 5, 1919, 6 p.m.
Proceed Constantinople early as practicable for purpose reestab-
lishing Consulate General. Consuls Chesbrough, Morris and George
Young also ordered Constantinople. Moorhead ordered Nantes to
take charge Consulate. Allen should remain Nantes three or four
weeks until Moorhead familiar with duties and should then proceed
to Constantinople. You and other consular officers are sent in a
purely consular capacity without exequatur subject to permission to
act being granted by the de facto authorities in control and with the
express understanding that your resumption of duties with regard
to American commerce should have no political significance or be
regarded as a recognition of the rightfulness of control of such local
authorities. You will confine your work strictly to consular duties.
Heck will remain in charge of political matters in Constantinople.
Jackson being ordered Aleppo under similar instructions and
Glazebrook now enroute Jerusalem.

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