Mr. Morton to Mr. Bayard .
Paris , May 13, 1885. (Received May 26.)
Sir: Although I have not recently communicated with the Department in regard to the prohibition in France of American salted pork, I have not neglected the matter, and have availed myself of every occasion to press the settlement of this question.
As I informed you, a bill is now pending before the Chambers which cancels the prohibitive measures and substitutes a general system of inspection applicable to all countries.
As this law, although not as liberal as I could have desired it, satisfies the French importers of American meats, I have urged its passage, and expressed to both the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of commerce, my earnest desire of being enabled to inform you, before my departure, that the French Government supported it, and would endeavor to secure its passage at an early date.
In reply to these representations, I have received a communication from Mr. de Freycinet, a copy and translation of which are herewith inclosed.
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