to Mr. Bayard.
Bangkok, Siam , May 10, 1887. (Received June 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I have received a dispatch from His Royal Highness Prince Devawongse, minister for foreign affairs, inclosing a law agreed to by a committee of representatives of the treaty powers appointed for the purpose of regulating the importation and sale of spirituous liquors in Siam, a copy of which, together with a copy of the law,* is herewith transmitted. At present but little American liquor is sent to Siam, hence the duty will not materially effect our trade at present, but there is a demand springing up for the better class of whiskies and California wines that may result eventually in a large trade. In consultation with members of the consular body here, I find that it was agreed on their part that the new law should be put in force. Such being the case, I hope that you may grant the request of Prince Devawongse, that the law may become operative upon the 1st of September next, as suggested.
I have, etc.,
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