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Ransford S. Miller, Jr., Mr. Davies, John K. Caldwell, E. G. Babbitt, Adolph A. Williamson, Thomas Sammons, Seoul, Korea, Dalny


The document is a carbon copy of a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to Ransford S. Miller concerning recent appointments in Asia and salaries.


Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson


Ransford S. Miller

Corresponds to:

Folder 1-8, Document 139


Washington, D.C.


June 22, 1909.

Dear Ransford:

Many thanks for your interesting letter of May 13th from Seoul. You must have had a very interesting trip and I was very glad to have your comments on the situation in Korea.

Your letter of May third still remains unanswered. After inquiries in the Bureau of Accounts I think there is no doubt that it will be possible to give Mr. Davies $1800. I shall try to have this definitely done in the near future for it would be a great pity if you should lose your clerk now that you have a satisfactory one.

The appointment of Mr. Caldwell as Vice Consul General and Interpreter at Yokohama will in no wise affect the salary of $1800 which Mr. Babbitt has hitherto received. A salary of $1500 has been allowed Mr. Caldwell and this he may receive at any office to which he may be assigned irrespective of any regular appropriation which the office is allowed.

While the Department is unable at present to spare Mr. Williamson from Dalny it has promised Mr. Sammons that he will be sent to Seoul as soon as practicable. Mr. Williamson's present nominal salary of $1000 will be increased to $1500 as soon as he leaves Dalny. It was not thought advisable to appoint him interpreter at this time on a salary of $1500 as he is now receiving the full consular salary of $3500 and the new appointment would mean only the making out of an additional bond which would cost several dollars and be of no advantage.

It seems odd that the perennial house tax question is again resurgent in a new form.

We are all working away in the heat of Washington without any very definite idea when the adjournment of Congress may make possible thoughts of vacations.

With many kind regards, I remain, always,

Your friend,


Ransford S. Miller, Jr., Esquire,
American Embassy,
Tokyo, Japan.



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Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Ransford Stevens Miller, Jr., June 22, 1909

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