§ MR. A. M'ARTHUR (Leicester)
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, last year, Her Majesty's Government sent to Sir Edward Thornton at Constantinople various Memorials and Petitions setting forth the lamentable 477 state of affairs in Armenia, and praying that the promised reforms might be executed; and, whether Her Majesty's Ambassador made any representations to the Porte on the subject; and, if so, what was the nature of the official reply?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N. E.)
Two Memorials representing grievances were received by Her Majesty's Government, and were sent to Her Majesty's Ambassador in Constantinople in 1885. A further communication was made to him in 1886, and brought to the notice of the Porte. No formal reply was made; but he was informed that certain reforms were in contemplation and being gradually carried out.