Mr. Comanos to Mr. Evarts.
Cairo, August 28, 1878. (Received September 18.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a cutting from the semiofficial newspaper, the Moniteur Egyptien, which gives the speech of the Khedive delivered at Alexandria on Friday last, the 23d instant, to Mr. Rivers Wilson, vice-president of the high commission of inquiry, who had a few days before presented to the Khedive the preliminary report [Page 925] of the commission, and which also gives an epitome of-the’ conclusions arrived at by the commission and accepted by his highness.
Since making that speech the Khedive has intrusted Nubar Pasha with the formation of a cabinet which shall come up to the ideas expressed in the speech and carry out the conclusions of the commission.
The Khedive’s sons, Tewpik Pasha, minister of the interior, and Husseim Pasha, minister of finance, have resigned.
It appears that immediately upon his return from Europe a few days ago, Nubar Pasha, who had had personal interviews with the leading men of the Governments of Great Britain, France, and Germany, convinced the Khedive that he must make a radical change in the administration of Egypt, or be ready to find himself unsupported by those governments.
It is confidently rumored that with Nubar Pasha as minister president, and minister of foreign affairs, the new cabinet will be composed of Mr. Rivers Wilson, as minister of finance, Riaz Pasha as minister of interior, and Aali Pasha Monbarak as minister of public works, and that an Englishman, besides Mr. R. Wilson, will be called to the ministry of war, and a Frenchman to that of justice and of agriculture and commerce.
It seems that the Khedive has made up his mind to withdraw himself and family from taking an active part in the affairs of the state, and intrust the government of the land to a responsible ministry under the presidency of Nubar Pasha.
The defect in the system is that the people of the land, as a nation, are taken into no account, and the new ministers are responsible to the Khedive alone, and he in his turn is responsible to the European governments interested especially in Egyptian affairs.
Since drafting the foregoing, I have learned unofficially that Riaz Pasha has been definitely appointed minister of the interior. This change in the Khedive’s method of governing, and the steps he has already taken for putting it into execution, give great satisfaction throughout the land. Egyptian funds have risen from 49 to 59.
I have & c.,