Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, June 8, 1883. (Received June 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note which will be transmitted to-day to the Sublime Porte upon the subject of the proposed revision of the commercial treaty of 1862.
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It is of the greatest importance to their administration to have a reform of all their commercial treaties. Unfortunately, their advisers have led them into such confusion in the business that it is only by common consent of the powers they can now obtain revision and uniformity with respect to time of operation, and that consent can only be had upon the basis of quid pro quo. Thus both the Italian and German Governments have before them admittedly another term each of their treaties; but, for considerations and upon conditions, they are willing to yield their rights.
The position is a good one, so good that I was anxious our Government should share it with them, and for that purpose nothing could have been better than your instructions.* * * That the tariff coexists with the treaty is a legal proposition of universal acceptance with the diplomatic corps.
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