to Mr. Evarts.
St. Petersburg, December 20, 1877. (Received Jan. 10, 1878.)
Sir: I nave the honor to forward to yon herewith a short article from the Journal de St. Petersburg, of this date, upon the Russian budget of 1876, with a translation of the same. There were no doubt very considerable expenditures made in that year in anticipation of the war which broke out in the spring of 1877, and Russia has therefore reason to congratulate herself that the expenditures exceeded the receipts by so small an amount. As soon as I receive in an official form the compte rendu for 1876, I shall have the honor to forward it to you.
I have, &c.,