United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the forty-seventh Congress, 1880-'81
Roumania [Romania], pp. 979-990 PDF (4.9 MB)
ROUMANIA. 979 ROUMANIA. No. 596. Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Evarts. No. 10.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, Bucharest, September 17, 1880. (Received October 6.) SIR: By the Roumanian constitution it is provided that in case the present prince shall have no male descendants the throne shall descend to his elder brother and his male descendants in regular line. Prince Charles not having had any male children since his marriage eleven years ago, and his only daughter having died, it has seemed de- sirable to provide for the succession, and this has been one reason of the present journey of the prince in Germany. It seems now that Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern, the eldest brother of Prince Charles, together with his two elder sons, having given up their right of succession, it has been decided that his third son, Prince Charles Antoine, born Sep- tember 1, 1868, 2hall be provisionally declared the heir to the crown. It having been decided in 1870 that no prince of the family of Hohen- zollern could accept a foreign crown without the consent of the Em- peror of Germany, as head of the family, it was necessary to obtain his consent. This having been satisfactorily arranged, it is expected that on the return of the prince a public declaration will be made with re- gard to the succession. The present liberal ministry believes that as the prince does not make any choice or adoption of a successor, but that as the succession fol- lows the line marked out by the constitution, it will be unnecessary to ask any ratification, either by the chambers or by a popular vote. Some members of the opposition take ground against this, but their argu- ments seem to be very weak. It is said that the young Prince Charles Antoine will be brought to Roumania and educated in the country. According to the censtitution, not being the son of the reigning prince, he will not be obliged to adopt the orthodox religion. I have, &c., EUGENE SCHUYLER. No. 597. Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Blaine. No. 50.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, Bucharest, March 26, 1881. (Received April 15.) SIR: I have the honor to inform you that, by a unanimous vote of both chambers to-day, Roumania has been proclaimed a kingdom, and the prince has taken the title of King. In my dispatch No. 46, dated March 12, I spoke of the probability of this act taking place soon. The government contemplated it for the 22d of May. Some deputies wished it sooner, but the mourning for the late Emperor of Russia, followed by Passion week, made this a matter of difficulty. The manner of its occurrence to-day was wholly unex- pected.
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