Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, March 14, 1883. (Received April 3.)
Sir: I received on the 13th instant two communications from the Sublime Porte, through his highness the minister for foreign affairs, one relative to the treaty of commerce between Turkey and the United States of America of 1862, and its duration; the other relating to re-, vision of the old treaty, and presenting propositions, one to seven, inclusive, which the imperial Government offers as a basis for the negotiation of a new treaty.
As the papers came to hand too late for the last mail to America, I have availed myself of the interval to have them translated. They are now inclosed by copy and translation. I have the honor to forward them without loss of time.* * * Excepting the item pertaining to cards and matches, the several propositions have been made as obscure as generality will permit; still, it is possible to arrive at the objects they cover with sufficient certainty to form an opinion of them.
Since their receipt I have not been able to see my colleagues of the corps and hear their views. It is not to be doubted, however, that the powers whose existing treaties are not yet subject to denouncement will decline to waive their present rights for the prospect of obtaining a maximum rate of 20 per cent, in place of 8 per cent., as now established How far the favored-nation clause is in such case available in our behalf, I am equally confident will receive due attention from the Department.
I have done no more in the matter than receipt for the two communications, and will not until your advices are to hand.
I have, &c.,