Mr. Blaine to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 11th instant, in regard to the efforts of Her Majesty’s ambassador at Constantinople, in conjunction with those of Mr. Pendleton King, [Page 479] chargè d’affaires ad interim of the United States there, to bring to trial Moussa Bey.

It gives me pleasure to state that Mr. King’s note to the Sublime Porte to which Sir William A. White refers, in relation to the unredressed outrages committed by Moussa Bey on inoffensive citizens of the United States in Armenia in 1883, has been approved by the Department, with expression of the earnest hope that justice, however long deferred, may at least be done in respect to the well-grounded complaints of this Government and its repeated and urgent appeals to the sense of justice and amity of Turkey for adequate reparation for the wrongs suffered by American citizens at the hands of a delegate of the power of the Sultan’s Government.

I have, etc.,

James G. Blaine.