21.07.2021 – 18:15
The light of our eyes, Murat bej efendi!
In the letter you wrote to Mithat Bey, you say that your letter, which you sent through the embassy, was answered through this channel.
As we understand from Mithat’s letter; to your letter, which has fallen into the hands of the Sultan, you have answered in the negative. But you have to think and then answer us. We should not lose the opportunity we have in our hands and we should not be deceived for work that cannot be done.
After you once wrote that while you were in Italy, things were on the line and that a lot of work could be done, we later realized that the Albanians there work for Albania, but for Italy, and that you have cut off hope from them.
Faik’s attitude is questionable. He is an erudite, but an adversary of our path. It is known that it serves a harmful purpose, which aims to demolish the work done since twenty-five years ago. We express our surprise and regret that you went to Brussels only to meet with him and to find out his attitude and intentions. We have seen a letter from this gentleman, written to the Ottoman ambassador Bukresh, a letter which was sent from the embassy to the High Gate and from there to Mabejen (the Secret Office of the Palace). From Mebej the letter was shown to us to give our opinion on it. In this letter, Faik Bey asked the government to allow him to publish his newspaper freely in Turkey and, in return for this honor, promised the government these services.
1. To become a tool and means for Albanians to send weapons.
2. To destroy the alphabet that has spread in Albania.
3. To try to close the open schools in Albania and not to open more later
4. If it is the government’s wish to write and learn Albanian, to propagate the use of Turkish letters for Albanian. And a series of other betrayals, which have remained in our hearts. After a couple of weeks we saw this letter, came “Albania” which comes out in Brussels, with a different clothes from the first and with one or two pages written in Turkish. So, it is understood that they have agreed on the bargain. The reason why Faik does not accept our alphabet, which took root and spread, is now understood. We must be very careful not to become a tool of intrigue of a treacherous and cunning man like Faik and stick the knife right in the heart of the nation. Behold, this is the identity of Faik.
And Meksi with friends, who have come from Athens are traitors. The enemies of our nation for a long time, tried to fill our minds and lie to us that the Albanian language is a broken and obsolete language, it is not written and can not be written, there is no grammar, the sciences are not taught with it, and so on. But in the end they saw that Albanian was made, written, its alphabet was created. Compiled grammar. Science books were printed. Beautiful poems were translated from every foreign language. In a word, it was understood what a perfect and regular language Albanian is.
They said that no one accepts our writings. But we saw that Muslims, Christians, Orthodox, all accepted them. Albanian began to be written and sung throughout Albania. Her writings spread. Schools were opened. Our enemies seek to prevent this movement an hour ago, to demolish the building that was erected and uproot the trees that took root. To achieve this goal our enemies are not leaving a stone unturned. So to say that Albanian does not work, no one pays attention to them. They want to include in our ranks some people who, pretending to be diligent patriots, will call it their duty to say here and there that these letters are not valid, that they should be broken and changed, so, if you they manage once to destroy our literature, already rooted, to uproot the tree that has taken deep roots, the tree that they think to plant, whether they have a voice or not, and moreover, they know very well that Albanians change it day by day. the alphabet, will eventually get bored and will be thrown away without being able to replace this alphabet with another. All their effort here aims. Faik also has this goal. This goal is followed by the “Star of Albania”, which comes out in Bucharest. In short, our enemies are working in this abyss. Therefore, let us open our eyes and not be deceived by their words. Because everyone follows the instructions of Athens and other countries. Our son! You are also young and you lie quickly. Do you remember when you wrote to us from Brussels that Rothschild would save Albania? You did not write to us later. And what could Rothschild do for Albania? Too much, a charity of 100-200 pounds and nothing else.
Europe has established the autonomy of Albania and Macedonia. He even made a note to the High Gate. This work will be completed in March. Do not add cold water to cooked food. Let things end. Because one of our moves spoils work. The epicenter of these works today is Istanbul. Not Bucharest, Brussels or any other country.
Attached we send you the letter we received from Asia.
Hello and greetings to all!
January 8, 1899