to Mr. McLane.
Washington, January 23, 1888.
Sir: With reference to previous correspondence concerning the decree of the French Government prohibiting, the importation of American pork into France, I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a dispatch from Mr. Dufais, our consul at Havre, relative to alleged renewed efforts at Havre to bring about a repeal of the prohibitory decree in question.
The subject has lost none of its interest here; it is the wish of the Department that no efforts may be omitted on the part of your legation to induce the withdrawal of the apparently needless, and, in some aspects, almost unfriendly policy pursued by France in relation to one of the greatest and most necessary export staples of the United States.
I am, etc.,