No. 315.
Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen .

No. 96.]

Sir: A note verbal came to the legation under date of 3d June containing a sweeping interdiction against salted meats from America, including lards. There is not much direct importation of the prohibited articles; wherefore, besides that reflection, there is consolation in the facts that nearly, if not quite, nine-tenths of the salted meats consumed in Turkey will continue to be the American product under some foreign brand, and that whether first marketed in France, England, or Germany, the original dealer is not likely to be deprived of his profits by proclamations such as is here inclosed and translated.

Construing the circular as one more to the several blows recently aimed at American products in this region, it seemed best to notice it with an immediate protest, a copy of which is also inclosed.

Very respectfully, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 96.—Translation.]

Said Pasha to Mr. Wallace.

Circular. Note verbal.]

The ministry of foreign affairs has the honor to inform the legation of the United States of America that the measure of interdiction which strikes the introduction of salted pork meats from America is also extended to the ham and lard of the same source, no matter by what way these articles are imported in Turkey.

The imperial ministry begs of the legation of the United States of America to kindly bring what precedes to the knowledge of his citizens.

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[Inclosure 2 in No. 96.]

Mr. Wallace to Sayd Pasha.

Excellency: I beg to acknowledge receipt of the note verbal from the Sublime Porte, dated June 3 instant, in which you have been pleased to inform me that the measure of interdiction against the introduction of salted meats from America is extended to hams and lard, regardless of the form of their importation into Turkey.

Your excellency will pardon an expression of surprise at the action thus indicated, announced, as it is, without a reason given. If reference is had to the treaty between the powers, it appears to me arbitrary in the highest degree. While it continues in its present form it cannot but be construed as a discrimination against an important article of American manufacture, and peculiarly in violation of treaty rights, for which reasons it is my duty to earnestly protest against its execution. At the same time to open a way to an accommodation of the points presented, I will esteem it a favor if you will give me the reasons which have induced the Porte to resolve upon the interdiction, and give them to me before execution of the measure is entered upon. Not impossibly the operative causes may be explained away.

I avail myself, &c., &c.,