No. 39.
Mr. Partridge to Mr. Fish.

No. 116.]

Sir: In my No. 108, (April 24,) Unformed the Department that I had addressed to the minister of foreign affairs here a note in relation to the exaggerated Brazilian custom-house valuation of products of the United States imported into this country, and urged a reduction of this pauta, if not of the rate of duty, as a proper answer to our liberality in regard to Brazilian products, and I annexed copy of the note.

I now transmit, annexed, a translation of their reply, by which it will be seen that they promise to give all consideration to these representations as soon as the chambers shall proceed to fix the basis of the new pauta.

I am, &c.,

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Reply of the minister of foreign affairs to Mr. Partridge’s note of April 16, 1873, in relation to the (pauta) valuation of importations from the United States.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the note which Mr. James R. Partridge, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, directed to me, under date of 16th April last.

In that note, Mr. Partridge, after referring to the great consumption in those States of all our products of exportation, and to the circumstance that since July, 1872, the importation there of our chief production, coffee, has been free, offers some remarks upon the duties which are paid in the empire by different articles which we import from those States, and urges the propriety of reducing said duties in the “pauta,” now about to be established.

Having, fully considered the contents of this note, I at once transmitted it to the Viscount of Rio Branco, asking him to have the goodness to enable me to give it the proper answer, and I now have the satisfaction of informing Mr. Partridge that the viscount has just declared to me that he will give the greatest consideration to what has been stated by the minister in this regard, but that he will not be able, meanwhile, to do anything in this respect until the legislature shall determine the bases of the reform which is intended in the custom-house tariff.

avail myself, &c.,