Mr. Maynard to Mr. Evarts.
Constantinople , December 17, 1877. (Received Jan. 17, 1878.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose the imperial address delivered before the two houses of the Ottoman General Assembly at the opening on the 13th instant. The English and the French versions will both be found.
Like most state papers of the Sublime Porte, it is prepared with consummate skill, and can hardly fail to create a favorable impression abroad. At home repeated disappointment of high-raised hopes will repress popular enthusiasm.
The new House of Deputies has organized temporarily by the choice of Mikhalaki Effendi, a Bulgarian from Philippopolis, to preside. The president and first and second vice-presidents are to be appointed by His Imperial Majesty the Sultan, from a list of three candidates for each office elected by the house. The president of the former house, the learned Ahmed Vefik Pasha, is not a member of the present house.
I am, & c.,