Mr. Terry to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of the Madrid Gazette of yesterday, containing a royal decree reducing the duties upon foreign-grown wheat flour imported into the island of Porto Rico.
It will be seen that the preamble of the decree confesses that Spain is not in a condition to export wheat or flour, and that there is no good motive for continuing other or heavier duties upon United States wheat flour in Porto Rico than those exacted from us by the decree of March 12th, of this year, in the island of Cuba.
The duties upon our flour imported into Porto Rico, on and after the 1st day of January, 1868, according to the decree now forwarded to you, will be as follows :
If imported in Spanish bottoms, $2 45 per 100 kilograms weight, including the weight of the barrel or sack.
If imported in vessels under any other flag than that of Spain, $3 26 per 100 kilograms weight, including the weight of barrel or sack.
You will, perhaps, consider it proper to put this information within the knowledge of our shipping merchants.
With the highest respect, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.