File No. 10044/174.
The Turkish Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Washington, April 27, 1909.
Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to make known to your excellency that, in compliance with the national will and in accordance with the Fetwa rendered by the Sheik-islam, the National Assembly, consisting of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, in the presence of the members of the cabinet, to-day unanimously proclaimed the fall of the Sultan Abdul Hamid and the accession to the imperial throne of the lawful heir under the name of his Imperial Majesty the Sultan Mohammed V.
His Majesty solemnly swore by the constitution. The ministers, senators, deputies, and high dignitaries were accorded the honor of deposing at the foot of the imperial throne the expression of their devotion and fidelity.
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