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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, transmitted to congress, with the annual message of the president, December 4, 1876

Turkish Empire,   pp. 568-593 PDF (2.2 MB)

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Empire, have unfortunately been a serious obs~ac1e to the introduction of
a fiscal system in harmony with the indispensable principle of the regulation
of commerce, which regulation is intimately connected with that of the finances
proper, as well as with the ever-increasing needs of the various services.
In its efforts to improve the finances of the empire and to establish the
public prosperity on a solid basis, the Sublime Porte thinks it has reason
to hope that friendly governments will share its view, and that it may rely
upon their kind co-operation.
It considers public prosperity inseparably connected with private prosperity;
and, entertaining this view, it appeals to the well-known equity and wisdom
of the Washington Cabinet.
* Please to accept, &c.,
No. 317.
Mr. J3~ish to Aristarohi Bey.
Washington, June 8, 1876.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 1st
instant, in which, referring to your previous note on the subject, you inform
the Department that the Ottoman government has decided to enforce the new
measure of raising the duties on imported articles to 20 per cent. "in three
months from May 1, 1876, at the latest."
In reply to your remarks in regard to the financial condition of the Ottoman
Empire, and the hope expressed by the Sublime Porte that it may rely upon
the kind co-operation of friendly governments in its efforts to improve the
finances of the empire, I have to assure you that this Government sympathizes
most cordially with the desire of the Porte in this direction, and trusts
that its efforts will prove effectual. In saying this, I do not, however,
wish to be understood as expressing an opinion in favor of the wisdom or
policy of the course which your note informs me it has been decided to adopt.
These are questions which must be reserved for consideration and discussion.
In acknowledging the notice which your excellency has given of this intention
of the Ottoman government to establish a new rate of import~ duties, it may
not be improper to refer to the treaty of 1830 between the United States
and the Sublime Porte, and to give expression to the expectation of the Government
of the United States that no higher du. ties or other imposts shall be required
of American merchants or on articles imported from the United States than
are required of those of the most favored nation, and that all the privileges
and favors allowed to subjects or citizens of any other state shall continue
to be extended to American citizens.
Accept, &c.,

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