Mr. Heap to Mr. Evarts.
Constantinople , February 11, 1879. (Received March 3.)
Sir: A convention between Turkey and Russia was signed on Saturday last, the 8th instant.
I have not yet obtained a copy of the text of the treaty, but inclose an abstract of its provisions.
As will be noticed, the questions of the guarantees and mode of payment of the indemnity have been left for ulterior agreement, and it is apprehended that they may become a source of future trouble.
The convention does not as a whole inspire confidence in the permanent friendly relations between the two powers; but, even as a temporary measure, the signature of the treaty, and the approaching departure of the Russians, will give immense relief to the government, and permit it to give its serious attention to other pressing matters which have been too long neglected.
The stipulations regarding the evacuation of Turkish territory by the Russians are stated in a proctocol. They agree to commence withdrawing their troops in fifteen days after the treaty has been ratified by the Czar, but I have been informed at the Russian embassy that General Totleben has received orders to commence the evacuation forthwith, and that the troops were put in motion yesterday.
I am, &c.,
Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim.