Regeneration of religion government the nation and the Empire
As these present institutions are solely intended for the regeneration of religion, government, the nation, and the Empire, we engage to do nothing which may be opposed to them.
As a pledge for our promise, we intend, after having deposited this in the hall which contains the glorious relics of the Prophet, in the presence of all the Ulema and Grandees of the Empire, to take an oath in the name of the Almighty, and cause the Ulema aud Grandees also to swear to that effect.
After that, any one of the Ulema or Grandees, or any other person whatsoever, who violates these institutions, will undergo, without regard to rank, consideration, or credit, the punishment appointed for his guilt when proven. A penal code will be drawn up to this effect.
As all the functionaries of the Empire will receive from this day a suitable salary, and those whose functions are not at present sufficiently rewarded will be advanced, a rigorous law will be passed against the traffic in favors and appointments, which the divine laws reprove, and which is one of the principal causes of the decay of the Empire.
Published at Constantinople
The enactments thus made being a complete renovation and alteration in ancient usages, this Imperial Rescript will be published at Constantinople and in all the towns of our Empire, and will be officially communicated to all the Ambassadors of friendly Powers residing in Constantinople, in order that they may be witnesses of the concession of these institutions, which, with the favor of the Almightv, will endure for ever.
May the all-powerful Cod have us all in His holy keeping!
May those who commit any act contrary to the present institutions be the objects of the divine malediction, and eternally deprived of every kind of happiness!
The following are the Pledges given by the Porte and the Sultan, in consequence of the beheading of the Armenian in 1843, mentioned on page 291: —