Mr. Delfosse to Mr. Evarts.
August 12, 1878. (Received August 13.)
Sir: I am instructed by the Government of the King to transmit to you the inclosed circular, whereby it invites the’ Government of the United States to a conversion of the local dues now collected in the port of Antwerp in accordance with the stipulations of the treaty for the redemption of the Scheldt dues.
The new regulation, which is projected in consequence of the revision of the system of admeasuring Belgian vessels, is but a simple conversion, without any augmentation, of existing dues, and in no wise impairs the engagement entered into with the powers that signed the treaty not to permit the re-establishment of the local dues at Antwerp.
The Government of the King would be very glad to be made acquainted as speedily as possible with the views of the Government of the United States as regards the subject of this circular, to which are annexed—
- A copy of the proposed regulations for the admeasurement of seagoing vessels.
- The text of the revised articles of the regulations of June 22, 1861.
I should therefore be very grateful to you, Mr. Secretary of State, if you would cause these papers to receive as prompt attention as the convenience of the Department will permit.
Accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my very high consideration.
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