Letter from Ferdinand F. Hintze, 1 September 1898

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Letter from Ferdinand F. Hintze, 1 September 1898
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    Constantinople, Sept 1st 1898. President Wilford Woodruff and Counsellors, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. Dear Brethern, When I last reported to you I was at Sivas. I at once left for Zara to visit the Branch of our church there. I found them very faithful and filled with the love of the Gospel. They were, of course, very anxious to gather, and were very happy in the thought that the Lord would soon open up ...
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    -fair I understood that if I were careful to notify my Consul of my intended trip and obtained a Gen I'arme from the Government, that I could travel & stay at pleasure without trouble. To prove this I determined on a trip to Gürüne where I knew the Government did not want any foreigners to go if they could help it. As soon as I arrived at Sivas I turned my pass over to my consul Dr. Jewet who trea ted me with ^consideration^ ...
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    honest and good, but thy need the same development as we have to do as we do. They have not inherited the experience, the self reliance nor the development of moral thought & courage that we inherited from our parents, and which is in- creased & intensified in us by the knowledge of the gospel & by the free institutions with which we are invironed. At Gürüne I met a Gentleman from Albistan about 75 miles south of there. He ^is^ what is called a Campbellite. He was ...
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    place until we can, and there prepare the people to build up the Centre Stake in the Orient. We do not need to go so far, All we need to do is to brave the danger of frontier life as we did in Utah, and we can get plenty of Good land & water almost for nothing. Syria is large, but Mesopotania with its ancient water canal systems is empty & iddle. I am told by those who know that there is not ...
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    (second sheet) for the United States. The Charge d'Affaires, Mr John Riddle has assited me very willingly. He at once sent a dragoman to the Government ^to find out^ how to proceed in this matter, and finally we were refered to the Minister of Religions, Mr. Ziver Bey. He remembered me from former visits. He explained to us that it was nessesary first to send the petition to Alepo and have it signed by the native Elders of our Church, then to the ...
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    As these men at the Legation & General Consulate would not take any backshish for services, I offered them a Book of Mormon as a present from the Church. They seemed very much gratified with the proposition & would except the books with thanks. I have therefore ordered a Book of Mor mon for Mr. Garqiula & a Voice of Warning for Mr. Dimitri adus of the General Consulate, from Bern as they desire French. I hope you will approve of this as it is an ...
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    I ask these questions now that I may receive an answer in time to continue my labors when I come back to Constantinople if required. I expect to leave this week for Pa lestine to see the Gire' property & Palestine in Sept. according to the instructions from Apostle Lund. Afterwards I will go north to Alepo to help the petition work there. And if you think proper I will investigate chances for land in Northern
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    New hopes have been engendered by this prospects of the realization of the promises to the House of Israel. I have not heard whether or not Brothers Vizirian and Nadjarian have been released from prison, but they are reported as bearing faithful testamonies in their cell in Diarbekr and they have found believers, Those men are very energetic. I would reco^m^mend that one or two more experienced Elders be sent here. And that each Utah Elder traveling has a native ...
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    (third sheet) in man which they themselves do not possess. When they see a superiority then they are humble and submissive. This is their education for centuaries, with them it is second nature. If we try to be their equals, as the Gospel teaches, and as we would naturally like to be, we destroy our influence, To the mem bers we may be what the Gospel teaches, but to the others we must appear above. I thank you for the appropriation fo the schools in Turkey. At Zara ...
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    in these ever changing conditions. In conclusion I would ask you kindly to write me a few lines to Alepo c/o Dr Arminag. That I may know your wish about some of these important questions. Also that President Wells be notified of the monies we are allowed from time to time so that we will meet with no trouble in obtaining them when needed. Inclosed please find enclosed my financial Report. With kindest regards to you all & to the Brethern ...
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    A. To His Excelency the Govenor of Alepo! His Excelency the Very Noble Efendy. We the Servants of His magesty and residents of Aintab & Alepo respectively, in the State of Alepo, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called Mormons, knowing the liberality of the most Excelent Gov- ernment in allowing freedom to all denom enations to Govern their own people religiously according to their own foundamental principles and articles of faith. We do hereby petition ...
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    need and that the petition imbodies all the ideas required to become recognized & to furnish the desired management of our own affairs as other churches when we are acknowledge by the Porte or Sultan. I am not clear as to where this petition may finally take me. I am now in the Gates of Peace (Constantinople) After while the petition goes to the Sublime Porte (Ministry) but I hope that wherever it goes that the blessings of God may follow it and that ...
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    B. THE OTTOMAN PORTE. Treaty concluded May 7, 1830 (Commerce and Navigation). 1596. ARTICLE 11. The Sublime Porte may establish S h a h b e n d e r s (Consuls) in the United States of America, and the United States may appoint their citizens to be Consuls or Vice-Consuls at the commercial places in the dominions of the Sublime Porte where it shall be found need- ful to superintend the affairs of commerce. These Consuls or Vice- Consuls shall be furnished with b e ra t s or f i r m ...
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    prietors. Protocol concluded August 11, 1874 (Right of Foreigners to hold real estate in the Ottoman Empire). 1600. PROTOCOL. The law granting foreigners the right of holding real estate does not interfere with the immunities specified by the treaties, and which will continue to protect the person and the movable property of foreigners who may become owners of real estate. As the exercise of the right of possessing real property may induce foreigners to establish themselves in larger numbers in the Ottoman Empire, the Imperial Government thinks it proper to ...
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    and whether it took place in the residence of a foreigner or not in his residence, or in any other place. These Regulations are not applicable but to the parts of the real estate which constitute the residence, as it has been heretofore defined. Beyond the residence, the action of the police shall be exercised freely and without reserve; but in case a person charged with crime or offense should be arrested, and the accused shall be a foreigner, the immunities attached to his person shall be observed in respect to ...
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    It is well understood that all these restrictions do not con- cern cases which have for their object questions of real estate, which shall be tried and determined under the conditions estab- lished by the law. The right of defense and the publicity of the hearings shall be assured in all cases to foreigners who may appear before the Ottoman tribunals, as well as to Ottoman subjects. The preceding dispositions shall remain in force until the revision of the ancient treaties, a revision which the Sublime Porte reserves to itself the right to ...
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    Financial Report. Constantinople Aug 6th 1898. Received from Bro. A. H. Lund. Franks Cat Franks Centi By cash for the Sivas branch poor 12500 [By cash for] Traveling expenses 43000 S.S. 300 on, To Erskenderoon Ticket for two persons (Hintze & Nisha) ^175m^ 5100 [Ticket for two ...
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    Report on Printing President Woodruff & Counsellors Dear Brethern. From Apostle Lund I learn that the printing of some tracts have been considered & that the probable cost would be $400. 00/100 I beg leave to report that Bro. Binyad has called the President of the Censor Board and is informed that for about $250. 00/100, (not to exceed this amount) we can get a general or full permission to print any and all of our works, subject, of course, to the sensor counscil the same as all ...
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    government does in no case include the printing privilidge which is independantly controled by the Minister of Public instruc- tions & the Censor Councill. We will there fore need this permit in all cases and will have to make the petition seperately. Brother Binyad has experience in these matters as he had a permission nearly ready for us once but when the Elders here could not furnish the money the Seventh-day Ad- vents got it and now have it although they are not recognized. The President of the Censor board was ...
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    Investigation of correspondence be- tween the U.S. Legation & the Porte President Woodruff & Counsellors. Dear Brethern, I called at the Legation to investigate the assertion of U.S. Marshall Allaimby. That the Legation of the U.S. had of- fered its good office to help supress Mormonism. I found the Marshall was correct. It appears that in Oct 1887, the Turkish Government had been stuffed about us opening a prin ting press & that the editor Mr. Hintze lived at Kom Kapoo, and ...