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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

Spain,   pp. 1429-1473 PDF (18.5 MB)

Page 1470

1470                   FOREIGN RELATIONS
                              No. 993.
                   Mr. de Muruaga to Mr. Bayard.
                       LEGATION OF SPAIN IN WASHINGTON,
             Washington, January 10, 1888.   ived January11.)
   The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and * er plenipotentiary
 of Spain, has the honor to inform the Hon. Thomis F. Bayard, Secre-
 tary of State, in compliance with instructions which le has just received,
 that the Government of Her Majesty contemplates carrying into practice
 various measures tending to prevent adulterations of wines and the
 counterfeiting of the marks thereof, which is so manifestly prejudicial
 to the wine-p ucing interests. In addition to the suggested measures,
 it is likewi posed to submit for the royal approval the holding of
 an international congress at Madrid, the objects of which shall be,
 first, to consider and propose the most effective means of protecting
 the authenticity and ownership of marks (of wines); second, to pro-
 pose at the same time the regulations which may appear most applica-
 ble to prevent and counteract the adulteration and falsification of wines.
 The Government of Her Majesty considers the matter in question as
 of the greatest importance to all and each of the wine-growing countries,
 and would desire to know if the Government of the United States
 would be disposed to be represented in the congress aforesaid.
      The undersigned, etc.,
                                               E. DE MURUAGA.
                             No. 994.
                  Mr. Bayard to Mr. de Muruaga.
                                DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington, January 19, 1888.
  SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of
the 10th instant, communicating information of measures to be taken
by your Government in lavor of the wine product, and especially in-
quiring if this Government would be disposed to participate in an in-
ternational congress at Madrid to consider the general sub1ject.
  The proposal of the Government of Her Majesty the Queen Regent
is one of great importance, upon which this Government would not
wish to act except in accordance with the wishes of Congress, but be-
fore ascertaining the views of that body thereon, it is thought advisable
to consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture, in whose especial
charge the wine-growing interests of the United States are placed, to
whom accordingly a copy of your note has been transmitted.
      Accept, etc.,
                                                 T. F. BAYARD.

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