to Mr. Blaine.
Lisbon, July 25, 1881. (Received August 22.)
Sir: I have had the honor to receive your No. 211, in which I am instructed to impress forcibly upon His Majesty’s Government the unnecessary and vexatious nature of the decree prohibiting the introduction of American pork into Portugal, and to endeavor to reinstate this important product in the estimation of the Portuguese, and, in obedience [Page 977]thereto, on the 16th instant I addressed a note to the minister of foreign affairs, of which I inclose copy.
In addition to this communication I have verbally indicated to the foreign office the hurtful consequences of the obnoxious regulations prohibiting the introduction of American pork into Portuguese territory, and I impressed upon it not only the injury done to the commerce of the United States by the unnecessary stringency of these measures, but I dwelt upon the fact that the population of the kingdom was thereby deprived of an article of food which is nutritious, healthful, and cheap.
My note is now before the consultative board of health, and I am assured that it will receive the attention and action that the importance of the subject demands; and I have only to add that I shall be active in my efforts to effect an early removal of all restrictions now existing.
I have, &c.,