Mr. Maynard to Mr. Evarts.
Constantinople, May 21, 1878. (Received June 17.)
Sir: There was much excitement yesterday over an occurrence at the Tcheragan Palace, understood to be a revolutionary attempt to restore to the throne the ex-Sultan Murad V.
The circumstances, as far as they transpired, were embodied last evening in a report by the dragoman. The press was silent, but to-day it gives a very guarded account, quite in contrast, no doubt, with the voluminous narratives which will be published in Western Europe and America.
This, the most beautiful of all the imperial palaces, was built by the late Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz, and was a favorite resort, though his residence was the palace of Dolmabagtché, distant less than a mile. Both are on the European shore of the Bosphorus, not far from where it unites with the Golden Horn. It was regarded as a mark of respect toward the United States that he received me in audience at this palace to deliver my letters of credence. Here it seems the unfortunate Murad has lived, [Page 883] not exactly a prisoner, but under surveillance, ever since his dethronement (dispatch No. 91, of September 1, 1876). His mental condition has been the subject of a good deal of surmise, chiefly, I imagine, because he was kept secluded from the public, and his existence shrouded in the mystery that envelops the Sultan’s palaces, and invites speculation. The most authentic account I have heard is that his faculties, naturally weak, were unsettled by his uncle’s tragic death (dispatch No. 69, of June 8, 1876), and that he has never recovered from the shock. His brother, the reigning Sultan, has a reputation for great humanity, and it is said treats him as tenderly as their relative situations will permit.
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