No. 155.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. West.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 13th instant, in which you state that Her Majesty’s Government has received information that the Egyptian Government is about to address a circular to the powers parties to the system of mixed tribunals in Egypt proposing the prolongation of those tribunals for the further period of five years, and that you are instructed by Lord Granville to say that your Government is ready to assent to the proposal on the same condition as on the occasion of the last prolongation of the tribunals, viz, subject to the immediate application of such reforms as the powers may in the mean time agree upon.

Thanking you for the above information, I have to say in reply that when the Khedive’s Government makes the proposal this Government will probably be prepared to instruct its agent at Cairo in much the same sense as on the previous occasions.

I have, &c.,