to Mr. Evarts.
Cairo, February 13, 1878. (Received March 8.)
Sir: I have the honor to send you inclosed copies of short reports relating to the coal trade in Egypt, which have been made at my request by our consular agents at Port Said and Alexandria. They were procured to enable me to give information on this subject to Messrs. Torrence & Co., of Philadelphia, who, as they say in a letter to me, are in control of a movement to introduce American coal into the Mediterranean, both anthracite and bituminous.
I send for them inclosed, under cover, a letter and copies of these reports, which you will please forward to Philadelphia. The copies sent you are for such use as you may deem proper. If American coal can be shipped to the Mediterranean and sold at such a price as will successfully bring it in competition with the English, the importance of the enterprise will be readily seen. The price of coal is given in the reports in English shillings and pence.
I have, & c.,