to Mr. Evarts.
Brussels, June 21, 1878. (Received July 5.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on last evening I received official notification of the acceptance of the resignation of the ministry and the appointment of the following-named gentlemen by His Majesty, all of whom have assumed control of their respective portfolios: Mr. H. J. W. Frère-Orban, minister of foreign affairs; Mr. Jules Bara, minister of justice; Mr. Gustave Rolin Jacquemyns, minister of the interior; Mr. Pierre Van Humbeeck, minister of public instruction; Mr. Charles Graux, minister of finance; Lieut. Gen. B. J. Renard, minister of war; Mr. Charles Sainctelette minister of public works.
Three of the members of the new ministry were in the liberal ministry [Page 57] of 1870, Messrs. Frére-Orban, Bara, and General Renard. The last two named occupy the same positions now as they did then, and Mr. Frére-Orban, who was then minister of finance, is now intrusted with foreign affairs. Messrs. Frère-Orban, Bara, Rolin Jacquemyns, Van Humbeeck, and Sainctelette are members of the chamber of representatives; Mr. Graux is a senator, and General Renard an aid-de-camp to His Majesty the King.
I have been to call in person upon all of the incoming and outgoing ministers, and inclose you herewith copies of communications addressed by me to the present and retiring ministers for foreign affairs in answer to official notifications from them of the change of the head of foreign affairs.
I have, &c.,