Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, May 19, 1883. (Received June 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to report the receipt yesterday of a communication from his highness the minister of foreign affairs, upon the subject of the tariff, which, following the course heretofore indicated of referring this matter to your primary consideration, I make haste to transmit to you by copy and translation.
One point I anticipate you will wish to be informed of, and I therefore venture to say that, of the commercial treaties existing between Turkey and powers other than our own, that with France continues in force several years; by neglect of the Turks to give due notice of denouncement, that with Italy continues yet another term of seven years; while, as respects Russia, M. Nelidoff, ambassador here, is in exchange of notes with the Sublime Porte, his contention being, as I understand, that under the “favored nation” clause the existing tariff cannot be summarily concluded so as to place like commodities of Russia at a disadvantage. If all the treaties are concluded, and a new tariff of similar general operation is effected with all the powers alike, well enough.
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I beg to say that I wait your instructions upon this important business with great interest.
Very respectfully, &c.,