to Mr. Bayard.
The Hague, June 7, 1886. (Received June 21.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that it appears that before the adjournment of the States General the Government deposited in the bureau of the Second Chamber a reply to the representations contained [Page 752] in the petition addressed to the Second Chamber by the agriculturists from various provinces requesting the imposition of an import duty on cereals.
In the reply which has recently been printed, the Government maintains that the imposition of the duty demanded would be contrary to the general interests of the state.
I have, &c.,