Mr. Fairchild to Mr. Blaine.
Madrid , July 16, 1881. (Received August 4.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the reception of your instruction No. 144, transmitting copies of the report recently made by an officer of the Department of State relative to the late rumors as to the alleged unhealthfulness of American pork.
In accordance with the instructions therein contained I have addressed a note upon the subject to the minister of state, and at the same time transmitted several copies of the report in question. A copy of my note is herewith inclosed.
As your instruction was very naturally based upon the supposition that the admission of American pork into Spain was still prohibited, it is necessary that I should make the following explanation:
When the question of the prohibition of American pork in France was occupying the attention of the Department and the legation at Paris, General Noyes wrote to me asking to be informed as to what measures, if any, had been taken by the Spanish Government in regard to the entry of that article of our produce into Spain. I at once examined the question and found that the royal order of the 28th February, 1880, prohibiting the admission of American pork into Spain had been annulled by royal order dated the 10th July, of the same year, and that that article would thereafter be admitted on complying with certain conditions prescribed therein. A copy of this order was sent to General Noyes.
I regret exceedingly that the royal order of 10th July, above referred to, entirely escaped my notice at the time of its issuance and publication, thus preventing my sending, as I certainly should have done, a copy to the Department. I now send a copy and translation of it that you may the better see upon what conditions American pork is now [Page 1060] permitted to enter Spain. Those conditions, I have no doubt, will appear to you as they do to me just and proper, and to which no reasonable objection can be made by the dealers in and shippers of that important article of our produce, as it has always been their wish that the article should be subjected to the most severe inspection, knowing full well that it would more than stand the test and comparison with that of any other country.
I shall avail myself of every opportunity to give publicity to the report by distributing it among those interested.
I have, &c.,