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FOREIGN RELATIONS,
  sels coming from such port or ports to an equality with that levied in
  the port or ports designated.
    In accordance with instructions which I have received from my Gov-
  ernment, I now have the honor to state, Mr. Secretary, that no tonnage
  or light-house dues, or any equivvdent tax or taxes whatever, as referred
  to in said act of Congress of June 19, 1886, are imposed ltpon American
  vessels entering the ports of Germany, either by the Imperial Gov-
  ernment or by the governments of the German maritime states, and
  that vessels belonging to the United Stateis of America and their car-
  goes are not required, in German ports, to pay any fee or due of any
  kind or nature, or any import due higher or other than is payable by
  German vessels or their cargoes.
    I have, consequently, the honor to respectfully ask that you may be
  pleased, Mr. Secretary of State, to cause a proclamation to be issued by
  the President of the United States, similar to that issued on the 22d of
  April, 1887, in favor of the navigation of the Kingdom of the Nether-
  lands, and setting forth that the collection of the whole of the duty of
  6 cents per ton, not to exceed 30 cents per ton per annum (which is im-
  posed by section 11 of the act of Congress of June 19, 1886), upon ves-
  sels entered in the ports of the United States from any of the ports of
  Germany, shall be suspended, and that such suspension shall continue
  so long as the reciprocal exemption of vessels belonging to citizens of
  the United States and their cargoes shall be continued in the ports of
  Germany.-
  At the same time I beg to state, while presenting the above declara-
  tion, that the Imperial Government reserves to itself all rights and priv-
  ileges heretofore claimed under treaty stipulations, with regard to the
  treatment of German vessels entering American ports.
  The careful examination of the laws and regulations relating to navi-
  gation of the different German states bordering on the sea having de-
  layed the reply of the Imperial Government to the invitation of the
  United States Government, although the same state of affairs with re-
  gard to the treatment of vessels entering German ports was, as I had
  the honor to point out in my letter of February 15, 1886, already in ex-
  istence on and before the date of the approval of the act of Congress of
  June 19, 1886, 1 trust that the United States Government will deem it
  proper that the tonnage dues or equivalent taxes imposed upon and
  levied from German ships in American ports since that date be refunded.
       Accept, etc.,
                                              11. v. ALVENSLEBEN.
                              No. 484.
                 Mr. Bayard to Mr. von Alvensleben.
                                 DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                     Washington, January 26, 1888.
  SIR: With reference to previous correspondence on the subject, I
have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 24th in-
stant, in which you inform this Department that your Government does
not levy upon American shipping any tonnage or light-house dues, or
any equivalent tax or taxes whatever as referred to in the act of Con-
gress of June 19, 1886, and in which you ask that a proclamation mtly be
issued by the President suspending the collection of tonnage duties upon
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