Mr. Thorington to Mr. Evarts.
August 27, 1877. (Received September 7.)
Sir: For further reply to your dispatch of date July 13, ultimo, I herewith inclose an article taken from the Star and Herald, of Panama, marked “Exhibit 1,” as showing the import into Gautemala, one of the Central American States on the Pacific Coast, whose trade by reason of her proximity to the United States should make our ports her market for the articles mentioned. The article, and the facts contained therein, are well worth the attention of our capitalists engaged in exporting home products and merchandise.
It seems to me it would pay our merchant princes and exporters to [Page 32]see that agents are placed at such ports where interest would seem to demand who would take more than an ordinary interest in laying before the inspector at these points samples of goods and articles of merchandise peculiar to our country, for inspection, with prices and cost of delivery. If no better channel could be adopted, why not require your consular and diplomatic officers at their respective ports, other interests being considered, to act in the premises?
I have made arrangements with the officials of the Panama Railroad and other parties in possession of the facts, and at an early day hope to lay the same before you for a similar statement to the one now furnished, exhibiting all goods and merchandise in transit going to the United States and other countries, that you may see at a glance the immensity of this commerce and our disparagement in this comparison and the advantage we have, and yet not availing ourselves of that advantage.
Hoping, sir, I am not trespassing upon the license granted in replying to your dispatch,
I am, &c.,