to Mr. Evarts.
Berlin, July 3, 1879. (Received July 23.)
Sir: The new import tariff has now been before the Reichstag several weeks, and is for the most part being, adopted in the form in which it has already been transmitted to you. Many of the proposed duties have given rise to animated discussions, and as a specimen of these I have the honor to forward to you the inclosed translation of an abstract of the debate on the duty for an important article of American home production, which our traders have hitherto exported in large quantities, and upon which the Reichstag has resolved to levy a tariff of 10 marks ($2.38) per 100 kilog. (200 pounds).
The debate may also be of interest, as serving to inform you on some of the reasons urged here for and against the adoption of the increased duties.
I have, &c.,