Mr. Tree to
Brussels , January 16, 1888. (Received, January 30.)
Sir: Referring to your No. 92 of the 19th ultimo, relative to the decree of the sovereign of the Independent State of the Congo of the 30th of April last, concerning the display of the flag of that State on foreign vessels, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of my note of the 9th instant, addressed to Mr. Yan Eetvelde, the general administrator of foreign affairs.
In making a representation and protest on the subject, I did not see how I could better do so than by following generally the reasoning and language of the instruction.
With regard to the steamer Henry Reed, as her case is covered by the principles laid down in the instruction and is within the terms of the protest, if she is an American owned vessel, I have not deemed it necessary to make any allusion to her in this connection.
I have, etc.,