Mr. Bolter to Mr. Fish.
Constantinople, February 17, 1874. (Received March 13.)
Sir: I have the honor to say that, on the 13th instant, Mehtned Rushdi Pasha was removed from the office of grand vizier, and Hussein Avni Pasha was appointed to that post. The motives which may have led the Sultan to make this change are so far a mystery to the public. The elevation of the former minister of war to the office of grand vizier is not supposed to indicate any important alteration in the foreign or thedomestic policy of the Ottoman government.
It is a satisfaction to my colleagues and myself to know that Rachid-Pasha, who has so efficiently performed the duties of minister of foreign affairs, has been re-appointed to office.
I inclose a newspaper account of the installation of the new grand vizier, which may be found interesting to the Department.
I have, &c,