to Mr. Fish.
Brussels , July 1, 1874. (Received July 15.)
Sir: In accordance with the instructions contained in your dispatch No. 176, of the 17th of June last, I to-day addressed a note to Count d’Aspremont Lynden giving formal notice of the termination of the treaty concluded between the United States and the King of the Belgians on the 17th of July, 1858, and inclosing at the same time a certified copy of the resolution expressing the sense of Congress on that subject, copies of which I inclose herewith.[Page 65]
This note was delivered by me, at noon to-day, to Count Borchgrave, Chef de Cabinet, Count d’Aspremont being absent from the city.
I took occasion to assure Count de Borchgrave that the notice was only given because it had become necessary for my Government to abrogate the fourth and thirteenth articles of the treaty; that these articles, in their practical operation, and under the favored-nation clause in the treaties with the Hanseatic republics, work a discrimination against our commercial marine, and in favor of foreign vessels, and are giving considerable trouble; that the United States have no desire to disturb the rest of the treaty, and that should the Belgian government prefer to agree to the abrogation of these articles, leaving the rest of the treaty to stand, I should be authorized to sign a new treaty embracing the other remaining articles.
I have, &c.,