Mr. Wharton to Mr. MacNutt.

No. 112.]

Sir: Referring to instruction No. 100 of the 25th ultimo, I have now to inclose a copy of a dispatch from our consul at Jerusalem, by which it appears that the steps taken by Mr. Hirsch, as set forth in his No. 134 of 4th ultimo, to arrive at a settlement of the complaints of Moses Angel and S. Kanstoroom against the authorities there have proved effective to a considerable degree. It is hoped that any surviving grounds of complaint will receive prompt and just treatment.

I am, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.
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[Inclosure in No. 112.]

Mr. Gillman to Mr. Wharton.

No. 173.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 147 of the 28th of January last, and to the reply of the Department in dispatch No. 69 of the 11th March last, approving my action in the matter of the illegal arrest of our citizens, I have the honor to report that, in regard to the contradiction by His Excellency the governor of Jerusalem, to the Grand Vizier, of certain details in my statement, I have received, under date of the 3d instant, from the United States minister, the suggestion to meet the governor and amicably endeavor to ascertain the real facts in the matter, believing that His Excellency would receive a like suggestion from the Central Government at Constantinople.

The governor, on his return to the city after a lengthy absence, having informed me of his having received from his Government instructions to settle the matter amicably, a meeting was appointed at his residence for the 19th instant. On this occasion, after statements and counter statements on both sides, His Excellency, confining himself entirely to the subject of the arrest of Angel, gave me in that connection, I am happy to state, the most ample and unqualified apology, expressing the deepest regret at the occurrence, stating that it was altogether owing to the stupidity and ignorance of the official and soldiers, and that he had given the strictest orders there should be no repetition of the offense.

On my part, I could only express my satisfaction at his apology, so far as it went, and promised to report the matter to my Government.

On my referring to the details in those cases which had been called in question, His Excellency declined to enter on the subject, stating that he had received no instructions from his Government in that direction.

I took the opportunity to call his attention to the facts of the robberies of Angel and Kanstoroom on, respectively, the 16th and 25th of February last, in which the former lost goods to the value of $160 and the latter had two horses stolen from him, neither of our citizens receiving any redress; that both these men considered the acts as being in retaliation for having brought complaints against the local government, and that, recently, Angel, according to his statement made me, owing to the delay in his obtaining justice, and fearing not only for his property but his life, he believing them not to be safe under the present government of Jerusalem, had disposed of his property at a sacrifice, and with his wife and children had returned to the United States.

The governor promised that more strict inquiries should be made into the robberies.

All these particulars have been reported to the consulate-general for the information of the United States minister.

I am, etc.,

Henry Gillman.