No. 462.
Mr. Boker to Mr. Fish.

No. 112.]

Sir: I have the honor herewith to inclose a copy of a letter addressed by the British embassador at Constantinople to the Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, formally accepting, on the part of the government of the former, the plan of the proposed judicial reform in Egypt, as settled by the report of the international commission that lately sat in Constantinople, and to which the consul-general of the United States was a delegate.

I have, &c.,


Sir Henry Elliot to Nubar Pasha.

Sir: I have the honor to inform your excellency that Her Majesty’s government have intimated to me that they are prepared forthwith to accent the proposed arrangements respecting the judicial reforms in Egypt, and to sanction the report of the international commission.

The question which was raised respecting the nationality of the judges to be named for the new tribunal received the attention that it deserved from Her Majesty’s government, who concur in the views of the Khedive as to the importance of avoiding giving any preponderance to one nationality over another in the selection of the judges, either in constituting the tribunal or in supplying the vacancies that may from time to time occur among them.

The point was held to be so essential, not only for the interests of British litigants, but also to secur the new tribunals from any suspicion of partiality, that, to prevent any question of the kind from hereafter arising, Her Majesty’s government have instructed me to intimate that their final acceptance was dependent upon the maintenance of this principle.

The intimation which your excellency has given to myself and some of my colleagues, of the intention of His Highness in this matter, is a sufficient guarantee of the identity of the views of His Highness with those of Her Majesty’s government.

In a note from Her Majesty’s government to the French embassador in London, in July, 1870, it was suggested that when the powers had intimated their acceptance it should rest with His Highness the Viceroy to obtain the assent of the Sultan to the proposed reforms, and with the Sultan to make known to the different powers that they were sanctioned by him.

Her Majesty’s government adhere to this opinion of the proper course to follow, and leave the final steps to be taken in the hands of His Highness.

I avail, &c.,