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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Germany,   pp. 570-684 PDF (48.6 MB)


Page 570


GERMANY.
                                 No. 419.
                       Mr. Coleman to Mr. Bayard.
 No. 496.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                   Berlin, August 25, 1887. (Received September 12.)
   Sxu: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of my note of to-
 day addressed to the foreign office in execution of your instruction of
 July 9, 1887, directing that the German Government be invited to co-
 operate with that of the United States to the end of reducing or abol-
 ishing, by reciprocal action, tonnage and equivalent dues on navigation.
 - In further execution of your instruction I addressed, under date of
 the 17th instant, a communication to Mr. von Versen, our vice and acting
 consul-general here, requesting him to cause the legation to be furnished
 with reports from the consularofficers of the United States residing at
the
 German sea-ports, showing what discrimination, if any, with respect to'
 tonnage or equivalent dues, existed at their respective ports against
 our vessels as compared with those of Germany or of any third coun-
 try. In response to my request Mr. von Versen has written as follows:
 In reply permit me to state that on the question under consideration repeatedly
 reports have been rendered to the Department of State, as you will see from
the
 inclosed copy of a report from this office to the Department of State (dated
July 5,
 1887), and that all reports having passed through this office from our consuls
at
 German sea-ports, dwelling on the same subject, have answered the~same question
in
 the negative.
 I await, therefore, your directions whether or not under such circumstances
you
 still desire me to address the consuls with reference thereto.
   In answer to his communication I informed Mr. von Versen that it
would not be necessary to address the consuls on the subject again at
present.
   Hoping my execution of your instructions will meet with your
approval,
       I have, etc.,
                                                 CHAPMAN COLEMAN.
                             [Inclosure in No. 496.]
                 Mr. Coleman to Count Berchem, August 25, 18S7.
F. 0., Non310.]            LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
                                                   Berlin, August 25, 1887.
  rhe undersigned, charg6 d' affaires ad interim of the United States of
America, has
the honor, acting under instructions from his Government, to invite the attention
of
Count Berchem, acting imperial secretary of state for foreign affairs, to
an act of
Congress, approved June 19, 1886, entitled "An act to abolish certain
fees for official
services to American vessels, and to amend the laws relating to shipping
commis-
sioners, seamen, and owners of vessels, and for other purposes," of
which act, as also
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