Mr. Langston to Mr. Evarts.
Port aa Prince, Hayti, July 11, 1878. (Received July 23.)
Sir: On last Monday, the 8th instant, the members of the cabinet of President Canal, upon his request, presented to him their resignations. It is said that these resignations were asked because of a want of general [Page 454] and cordial sympathy between the President and the gentlemen composing his cabinet on political questions of vital importance.
Rumors are afloat as to probable cabinet appointments, but as yet no definite information can be gathered on this subject.
It is to be hoped that no unnecessary delay will be had in settling this matter. In the first place, business is delayed and obstructed in the various branches of the government; and, in the next place, agitation of such questions here tends to produce uneasiness in the public mind, which may result in attempts at revolution.
There has been for some days past considerable fear of an outbreak in some part of the northern portion of the country; and it was reported but a few days ago that a movement of revolutionary character had shown itself in or near Cape Haytien and at St. Marc. The government at once dispatched troops upon its war vessels to these points; but found no movement at either of consequence. There is, however, just now a feverish condition of the public pulse; and if the President acts promptly in dealing with this matter of the cabinet, he will do his country a special service. I shall keep you fully advised with regard to the result.
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