to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople , May 6, 1881. (Received May 23.)
Sir: The ministry of foreign affairs sent a circular to this legation on the 20th of April last, informing it that the importation of American pork was forbidden from that date on account of its being infected with trichinæ.
I have addressed a note to the minister for foreign affairs on the subject, calling his attention to the hasty manner in which it was assumed that American pork was so infected, and asking his excellency what it was proposed to do with that which might be en route to Turkish ports.
I inclose copies of the circular, and of my letter to the minister for foreign affairs, with translations of both.
I am, &c.,