Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Blaine.
Bucharest, March 30, 1881. (Received April 18.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 50, dated March 26, I have the honor to inclose herewith (marked 1 and 2) a copy and translation of a note which I have just received from the foreign office, containing the official notification of the proclamation of the kingdom. I also inclose to you (marked 3 to 7) the French translations accompanying the note of Mr. Boeresco. Translations of Nos. 4 and 5 accompanied my dispatch No. 50. Nos. 6 and 7, the speeches of Mr. Bratiano and Mr. Boeresco, in the Chamber, are interesting but not important.
The Belgian Government is the only one thus far which has officially recognized the change of title. The recognition of the other powers will probably follow at once. Baron Haymerle has intimated that there will be no difficulty on the part of Austria-Hungary, and Lord Granville was to receive the Roumanian minister to-day.
The enthusiasm of the population here has been very great, and has been increasing rather than diminishing. On Sunday, the 27th, being the day of the funeral of the late Emperor of Russia, no manifestations were allowed. On the 28th, Monday, there was a te deum at the Metropolitan church in the presence of the King and Queen, who again drove out in the evening through the thronged and illuminated streets. Yesterday there was a parade of the troops, and in the evening there was again an illumination, with the same excitement and enthusiasm among the people.
The step has been accepted, if not thoroughly approved, by the members of the former reigning families, some of whom took part in the act. Prince Michael Sturdza, of Moldavia (the father of the Prince Gregory Sturdza mentioned in my No. 50), the sole surviving Hospodar, who now resides at Paris, has accepted the grand cross of the order of the Star of Roumania.
I have, &c.,