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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the forty-seventh Congress, 1880-'81
(1881-1882)

Austria-Hungary,   pp. 18-62 PDF (19.5 MB)


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60                          FOREIGN     RELATIONS.
them a large circulation. The undersigned has the honor to transmit herewith
four
copies of this pamphlet, and begs your excellency's careful attention to
the contents. He
would be gratified if he might trouble his excellency to make such disposition
of the
extra copies as will the more spiedily bring them to the attention of those
officers or
ministers peculiarly interested in the subject.
   Before addressing the request, which would naturally follow this presentation
of the
 subject, the undersigned has the honor to suggest that if any doubt remain
as to the
 value and truth of the results obtained by this investigation, it should
not be forgotten
 that they are confirmed by the action of the Belgian Governiment. This government,
 disregarding popular clamor and unscientific prejudice, examined the question
fairly
 upon its merits and reached the conclusions to which the American Government
was
 irresistibly led, that, of the widely-spread food staples of the world7s
commerce, none
 is grown, packed, and exported under conditions better calculated to assure
safetyand
 wholesomeness than the pork product of America.
   Nor will his excellency have failed to notice that Viennese journals report
that the
 Swiss Government has followed the example of Belgium in removing all restrictions
 upon the importation of American pork.
   In conclusion, the undersigned hopes his excellency will find ample apology
for the
 length of this communication in the importance of the subject, one that
concerns an
 important branch of American trade, and a restriction which his government
believes
 to be unjust, invidious, and in violation of the treaty of commerce so long
existing
 between the two nations; and he begs leave to inform his excellency that
he is instructed
 by his government to bring these facts earnestly to the attention of the
Austro-Hun-
 garian Government, and to ask, in view of them, an abandonment or very material
 modification of the oppressive measures which have been adopted by His Majesty's
 government in regard to the American pork trade. He is further instructed
by the
 honorable Sepretary of State to say tharthe entire good faith with which
this investi-
 gation has ben conducted warrants the American Government in expecting that
the
 government of His Imperial and Royal Majesty will accept and act upon the
results in
 equal good faith.
 The undersigned ventures to hope that in the consideration of this request
yqur ex-
 cellency will have in mind the patience with which a restiiction-seeming
to t
 American Government so unnecessary and unjust-has been borne; the promptitude,
 thoroughness, and good faith in which it put itself to the task of gathering
arguments
 which should convince others of a needlessness and injustice, so patent
to itself, and
 that in reliance upon the disposition of His Majesty's government to instantly
remove
 a restriction which seemed unfriendly and harsh, so soon as convinced that
it was un-
 necessary, it has avoided any allusion, except in the protest (where mention
was made
 of it, that the right to plead it might not be lost), to the view the American
Government
 believes it might take of a restriction which singles out*an important product
which
 America shall not import into Austria-Hungary, but all other countries may,
as a plain
 and palpable violation of the treaty of 1829, and bearing these evidences
of American
 patience, faith, and good-will in mind, that your excellency will be pleased
to give
 this mattei prompt attention.
 The undersigned takes this opportunity to express to his excellency the
imperial
 and royal minister of foreign affairs his most distinguished consideration.
                                                WILLIAM WALTER PHELPS.
                                    No. 40.
                          Mr. Phelps to:Mr. Blaine.
No. 9.]                       LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                             Vienna, July 15, 1881.     (Received July 30.)
   SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department's
dispatches* numbered 3 and 4.
   Both refer to the desire and attempt of the Colombian Government to
secure the protectorate of the leading European powers for the Isthmus.
Dispatch No. 4, which conveys the fortunate discovery by the Depart-
ment that the desire of the Colombian Government has passed into an
effort making or to be immediately made, was received this morning.
  In view of the importance of the subject, I thought no time should
  * No 3 is the same as instruction No. 187 dated June 24, addressed to the
United States
minister at London, see p0st.


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