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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the forty-fifth Congress, 1879-'80
(1879-1880)

Turkish Empire,   pp. 976-1037 PDF (27.9 MB)


Page 1018


1018                   FOREIGN RELATIONS.
day, concerning the wish of the Government of the United States to be
represented in the prropose'dc6lfiisSion of liquidation.
  Tewtik Pacha expressed his pleasure at receiving such an applica-
tion, and said that he hoped the United States would take a more active
interest in Egyptian affairs than heretofore. He said, however, that as
yet he had received no definite reply from the leading European gov-
ernments concerning his proposal to establish a commission of liquida-
tion, and that consequently he did not yet know what would be done in
the matter, but that just as soon as the time should arrive for him to fix
upon something positive, he would let me know. He desired me to do
what I can to encourage the United States to take part in the solution
of the difficulties which surround the Egyptian Government, with refer-
ence to the claims of the European creditors, and the action of the gov-
ernments of Europe, for he considers that the influence of the Govern-
ment of the United States, it being free from motives of self-interest, and
unbiased by prejudice, cannot but result in advantage and gain to Egypt.
  Hitherto the questions connected with the appointment of Mons. de
Blignieres and Mr. Baring as controllers-general, and the definitition of
their powers and function, have so occupied the attention of the gov-
ernnents of Europe, and that of the government of the Khedive, that
the subject of a commission of liquidation has not yet been brought
up for discussion.
  His Highness is opposed to the appointment of controllers. He says
the control was established as a check upon his father, but that now
there is no reason for it, because there is nothing to control, for he has
nothing to hide, no large harem or other expensive oriental luxuries to
keep up at the expense of the public welfare, and .that, moreover, the
powers in contributing so largely toward the bestowal ot the govern-
ment of Egypt upon himmust have done this because of their confi-
dence in him, and that, therefore, they should now show that confidence
by leaving him free to act according to his best judgment and ability.
He wishes them to let him govern Egypt after his manner, and one of
the first things he desires to be established is a committee for the regu-
lation of the debt, and the proposing of aĆ½ plan whereby the interest
thereon shall be reduced toa rate Which the revenues of the country will
be able to nieet, without the constant recurrence of a deficit.
      I have, &c.,
                                               N. D. COMANOS.
                              No. 485.
                     Mlr. Comranos to Mr. Evarts.
No. 333.]     AGENCY AND CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE
                                   UNITED STATES IN EGYPT,
                 Cairo, September 2, 1879. (Received September 27.)
  SIR: Mr. Van Dyck has arranged for the use of the Department, the
most important and interesting documents exchanged during the years
1840 and 1841, between four of the European courts and the Sublime
Ottoman Porte, for the "Pacification of the Levant."
  These papers have such a fIirect historical: bearing upon the grounds
of the recent action of the great European powers in causing the depo-


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