The bearer, Mr. Alex. Filippini, an American from New York, seeks in the Orient information as to food products and their preparation - especially such as meet Oriental taste and requirements.

Any favours shown Mr. Filippini will be appreciated by this Consulate.

Your obedient servant,

O. F. Williams.

U. S. Consul-General.

Consular Service U. S. A. at Ceylon,

Colombo, 7th April, 1902. This is to certify that I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Alex. Filippini, Travelling Inspector of the International Navigation Co., and enjoyed his society very much. Am sorry that I cannot afford him any useful information regarding culinary affairs, about which he is greatly interested; but he has my best wishes in that connection, and I heartily recommend him to the kind courtesy of whoever of my colleagues he may have the pleasure of meeting hereafter. W. Morey,

Consul.

Consular Service U. S. A.

Calcutta, 15th April, 1902. Alex. Filippini, Esq.,

Travelling Inspector, International Navigation Co. of New York,

U. S. A.

Dear Sir: I regret very much that your short stay in this city did not afford me the pleasure of being of service to you. I hope, however, that while in this country you will be able to gather useful information regarding the culinary affairs in which you are interested.

Trusting that your journey across country to Bombay will be as pleasant as the climate permits, and with best wishes for the success of the object of your travels, I remain, Yours truly,

W. M. Oswald, Acting Vice and Dep'y Consul-General.

Consular Service U. S. A.,

Bombay, April 21st, 1902. To whom it may concern:

It has given me great pleasure to have had a call at the Consulate this morning from Mr. Alex. Filippini of New York City, who was introduced by the Hon. John Hay, U. S. Secretary of State, through Hon. Chauncey M. Depew, U. S. Senator of the State of New York. Mr. Filippini is travelling in the East for the purpose of informing himself in the culinary art as it obtains in the Orient, with the purpose in view of giving to the public in book form such practical knowledge thus secured.

Mr. Filippini is the Travelling Inspector of the International Navigation Co., of New York. I bespeak tor him a good measure of your courtesies. Wm. Thos. Fee,

Consul U. S. A.

Consular Service U. S. A. Consular Agency of the United States,

Suez, 5th May, 1902. To whom it may concern:

I have had the pleasure of a call at this Agency from Mr. Filippini of New York, who has shown me letters of introduction from the Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State, who recommends him to the kind consideration of us all, and I have great pleasure in extending whatever help lies in my power to. this gentleman, who is making a tour of the world for the purpose of collecting information in the culinary art.

Yours very obediently,

O. Mavrier, Acting Consular Agent U. S. A.

United States Diplomatic Agency and Consulate General.

Cairo, Egypt, May 12th, 1902.

Mr. Alexander Filippini of New York, who is now visiting Egypt in his tour of the world, has presented to me a letter from the Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State, addressed to the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States, who, at the instance of Senator Chauncey M. Depew, commends Mr. Filippini to the courtesy of the Representatives of the United States abroad. Letters from other distinguished citizens of the United States highly complimentary to this gentleman have been presented and read, in all of which I concur. John G. Long,

Agent and Consul-General.

United States Consular Agency, Alexandria, Egypt, 9th May, 1902. To whom it may concern:

It has given me great pleasure to have had a call at this Consular Agency from Mr. Alexander Filippini, Travelling Inspector of the International Navigation Co., of New York, bearing letters of introduction and commendation from the Hon. John Hay, U. S. Secretary of State, and the Hon. Chauncey Depew, U. S. Senator of the State of New York.

Mr. Filippini is travelling in the East for the purpose of informing himself in the culinary art. The results of his experience will be printed in a book which he intends to publish, and I bespeak for him such courtesies and consideration as he desires by those interested in the matter of his inquiry.

Respectfully,

J. W. Romeo, Acting U. S. Consular Agent.

Legation of the United States of America,

Athens, 14th May, 1902. To whom it may concern:

It has given me great pleasure to have had a call from Mr. Alex. Filip-pini, bearing letters of introduction and recommendation from Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State, and the Hon. Chauncey Depew, U. S. Senator of the State of New York.

Mr. Filippini is travelling to collect material for a book on the culinary art which he is about to publish, and I take pleasure in bespeaking for him such courtesies as may assist him in his inquiries.

Respectfully,

Charles S. Wilson,

Charge d'Affaires ad interim.

United States Legation,

Constantinople, May 19, 1902. This to say that

Mr. Filippini of New York City has called upon me with letters from the Hon. Secretary of State commending him to me and asking my good offices in facilitating him in his purposes. He comes to the East to study the culinary art peculiar to Oriental countries, and I bespeak for him such courtesies and consideration as he desires by those interested in the matter of his inquiry. John R. Leishman.

U. S. Consulate General,

Bucharest, Roumania, May 21, 1902. This is to certify that I have just had the pleasure of a call from Mr. Alex. Filippini, Inspector of the International Navigation Co., of New York, and was much interested by what Mr. Filippini narrated to me of his varied experiences in all parts of the world during his present trip round the world, which has already lasted five months or so. The information obtained by this gentleman in culinary questions will certainly be of the greatest interest to all those who may have the privilege of perusing the valuable book which he intends publishing. My best wishes accompany Mr. Filippini in his further travels and I wish him the fullest measure of success. W. G. Boxshall.

U. S. Vice-Consul-General.

Consular Service U. S. A.

United States Consulate, Budapest, Hungary, May 23rd. 1902. Alexander Filippini, Esq.,

Hotel Hungary, Budapest. Dear Sir: At your request I take pleasure in witnessing herewith that you called to-day at this consulate for the purpose of obtaining the names of persons able to give you information as to culinary art in Hungary, on which you intend to publish a chapter in your forthcoming work on the cuisine of the different countries of the world.

Yours very sincerely,

Frank Dyer Chester,

U. S. Consul.

Legation of the United States of America,

Vienna, Austria, 26th May, 1902. To whom it may concern:

Mr. Alex. Filippini, of New York, Travelling Inspector of the International Navigation Co., of New York, U. S. A., is making a trip around the world for the purpose of collecting reliable data pertaining to the art of cooking as practised in the different countries, the result of which he will publish in a book on his return to America, Mr. Filippini has been known to me for a number of years, and I take pleasure in commending him to those who can assist him in the object of his tour.

Very truly yours,

Chandler Hale,

Secretary of Legation.

Legation of the United States,

The Hague, Netherlands,

August 7th, 1902. It gives me great pleasure to say that I have to-day received a call from Mr. Alex. Filippini, Inspector of the International Navigation Company, who has been making a trip round the world in the interest of those who 'ike good things to eat. He intends to publish the results of his experience in a book on culinary art. I bespeak for him the courtesy of Americans wherever he may go. John W. Carrett,

Charge d'Affairs ad interim.

Embassy of the United States of America,

Berlin, May 27th, 1902. I had the pleasure of receiving, this morning, a visit from Mr. Alexander Filippini, who bore credentials from the Honourable Chauncey M. Depew. I was much interested by Mr. Filippini's accounts of his discoveries in culinary science and practice made in the remote regions of the world and cheerfully testify that I enjoyed heartily my fifteen minutes with him.

And. D. White,

Ambassador.

Consulate-General of the United States of America,

36, Avenue de l'Opera,

Paris, September 4th, 1902. To whom it may concern:

I have just had a call from Alex. Filippini, Travelling Inspector of the International Navigation Company, of New York, who comes to me recommended by Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State, and Hon. Chauncey \i. Depew, Senator of New York. He has made a very thorough investigation of the culinary art of the different countries of the world, and has been in Paris for several days giving his entire attention to the art of cooking as practised in Paris and France.

I sincerely hope he has met with success in all his efforts, for the reason it is well known everywhere that the French cook has no superior and but few equals.

I trust his investigations and earnest services will be published to the world in order that all may be benefited by his experiences.

John K. Gowdy,

U. S. Consul-General, Paris.

Consular Service, U. S. A.,

Brussels (Belgium), May 29th, 1902. To whom it may concern:

It has given me pleasure to have a call this morning from Mr. Alex. Filippini, who is introduced to the U. S. officials abroad by the Honourable John Hay, Secretary of State, through Honourable Chauncey M. Depew, U. S. Senator of New York. Mr. Filippini is travelling around the world for the purpose of informing himself in the culinary art. I enjoyed heartily my twenty minutes' conversation with him.

Geo. W. Roosevelt,

U. S. Consul.

The brevity of the above letters, as I was privately informed by some of the representatives whom I knew, was due to instructions issued from Washington, cautioning representatives of the Government about furnishing them, owing to previous misuse of such letters.