Mavroyeni Bey to Mr. Gresham.
Imperial Legation of Turkey , December 8, 1894 .
Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to confirm my note of November 20, last, and to send herewith to your excellency, merely by way of information, a copy of an official telegram concerning the seditious doings of the revolutionary Armenians in Turkey.
The intrigues of Armenians residing in the United States, their boldfaced slanders, as well as their public endeavors to disparage the Imperial Government (and I confess with grief that they have found in this country, where religion is proclaimed to be a matter of conscience, a notable encouragement at the hands of credulous persons as well as of those who through religious intolerance believe that those Armenians ought to be upheld, not by reason of any imaginary persecution of their race, but solely because they are Christians and regardless of their guilt as subjects), all these facts, I say, must, I am sure, have given your excellency evidence of the kind of people who in reality compose the Armenian colony in the United States, people who nearly all acquire American citizenship for the purpose of returning to Turkey, as acknowledged by Mr. Terrell himself, and thus propagate their revolutionary theories, the existence of which is no longer established by mere assertions but by documents published in the whole press of the United States and by facts.
For all these reasons, the Imperial Government is placed in the attitude of legitimate self-defense, and, like all constituted Governments, should never allow that rebellion be organized and propagated in any part of its territory. I am pleased, therefore, to hope that in view of the gravity of the circurnstances, and of the justice and thorough equity of the plea which I had the honor to set forth in my note of November 9, 1894, the Government of the United States, with its well-known sense of impartiality will now take it under immediate and earnest consideration.