to Mr. Noyes.
Washington, April 23, 1881.
Sir: I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a letter to this Department from the firm of S. Davis, jr., & Co., making some statements in regard to the proceedings of the French authorities in reference to certain lots of pork sent to France by them for sale.
In view of the great hardships to which this firm have been exposed by the action of the French Government, based upon false reports as to an extraordinary prevalence of trichinosis among the hogs of this country, I will thank you to bring the complaints of Messrs. S. Davis, jr., & Co. to the attention of the French foreign office with a view of obtaining for them such relief as may be practicable.
I am, &c.,