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Fred Carpenter, Mohammed Ali Bey al-Abed, Mehmed V, Ottoman Sultan, Turkey, Philander C. Knox, William Howard Taft
The document is a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to Fred Carpenter concerning a meeting between President Taft and the Turkish Ambassador.
Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson
Folder 1-8, Document 128
June 16, 1909.
Dear Mr. Carpenter:
There will be no set speeches on the occasion of the presentation by the Turkish Ambassador of his credentials from the new sovereign Mehmed V, but it would be quite appropriate, in response to any casual remarks the Ambassador may make, for the President to make some little informal remark of felicitation, as, for instance, to say that he had been interested in reading the Sultan's address to the Turkish Parliament, which seemed to foreshadow such a fine era in the affairs of that ancient and important Empire. (The fact is that the new Sultan's address, as well as all else we hear of him, indicate him to be a progressive and well meaning ruler, under whom constitutional government, religious liberty and material and political reform and progress are likely to flourish).
The Secretary of State will be at the White House a few minutes before 2:15 in order to be with the President on the occasion and to present the Ambassador to him. Of course, the President knows the Ambassador, but this little ceremony is appropriate, owing to the fact of the Ambassador's new character as the personal representative of a different person, the new Sovereign.
Fred W. Carpenter, Esquire,
Secretary to the President,
The White House.
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Huntington-Wilson, Francis Mairs, "Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Fred W. Carpenter, June 16, 1909" (1909). Other Correspondence. 104.