to Mr. Anderson.
Washington, March 24, 1888.
Sir: Your dispatch No. 210, of the 27th ultimo, in which you inform the Department that the committee of the upper house of Rigsdag would probably report in favor of raising the fire-test of petroleum to 40° Celsius, was duly received.
Upon the receipt of your dispatch, a telegram was sent to you instructing you that a higher petroleum test than now enforced in England, Sweden, and Germany would seriously cripple American exports to Denmark.
You are instructed to watch the progress of the measure in question, and, should occasion offer, to make such representations to the Danish Government as may seem to be required for the protection of American interests.
I am, etc.,