to Mr. Denby.
Washington , September 5, 1887.
Sir: I have received your No. 422 of July 29, 1887, concerning.-the reduction of the likin tax on kerosene oil at Canton from $1.30 to 50 cents per case.
The Department is equally pleased as yourself at this very considerable reduction, and shares also in the gratitude which you express in behalf of the labors of Mr. Seymour, consul at that port, by whose instrumentality this reduction was largely effected.
You will convey to Mr. Seymour a suitable expression of the Department’s thanks.
I am, etc.,