Mr. Lee to
Vienna, November 20, 1886. (Received December 13.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 217, concerning our petroleum interests, I have the honor to report that I have had with Baron Pasetti, of the foreign office, a very pleasant interview, in which he showed great interest, and said that he would have the question thoroughly examined and brought to the attention of the ministry if I would write him a personal letter on the subject.
I then suggested to Mr. Libby to write to me, and I now have the honor to inclose a copy of my letter to Baron Pasetti, in which I forwarded a similar copy of Mr. Libby’s letter, inclosed.
The matter is now as much before this Government as if I had protested, and in a way much more likely to receive favorable consideration, as everything has been done in a personal and friendly way, with no antagonisms, such as a formal protest always produces.
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I do not think for the present any further action is necessary beyond advising me of the views of our Government, until the compromise is reached between the Austrian and the Hungarian ministries. I ought then to be in a position to protest at once if a protest is to be made and is expected to accomplish anything before the compromise is ratified by the separate Parliaments.
I, however, believe that a compromise will be reached which will at least better our position even if it should not render it a perfectly equitable one.
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I have, etc.,