to Mr. Evarts.
Lisbon , February 1, 1878. (Received February 21.)
Sir: On Saturday last the ministry of the Marquez d’Avila met with a large adverse vote in the Cortes, and on Monday the King sent for Señor Foutes Pereira de Mello to form a new government.
This change had long been expected, and the return of Señor Foutes to office surprised no one.
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Señor Corvo, who for several years held this post under the former leadership of Señor Foutes, notified me on the 30th instant that he had been recalled to the place of secretary of state for foreign affairs by the King 5 and that is the only official notice I have received touching the change of ministry. I inclose a copy and translation of this communication, which is merely a formal circular, together with my acknowledgment thereof.
The new cabinet, with the exception of the ministers of justice and marine, consists of the same gentlemen who constituted the Foutes ministry on its retirement from office in March, 1877, and is as follows:
President of the council and minister of war, Señor Antonio Maria Foutes Pereira de Mello.
Minister of foreign affairs, Señor Joao de Andrade Corvo.
Minister of finance, Señor Antonio de Supa de Pimentel.
Minister of the interior, Señor Antonio Rodriguez Sampaio.
Minister of public works, commerce, and industry, Señor Lorenzo Carvalho.
Minister of the marine and the colonies, Señor Thomas Antonio Ribeiro.
Minister of justice and ecclesiastical affairs, Señor Augusto Cesar Barjona de Freitas.
I have, &c.,