Mr. Bayard to Mr. Magee.
Washington, November 28, 1887.
Sir: I have received your No. 101, of November 7 last, in reply to instruction No. 49, of August 5.
As stated in that instruction, the Department desired information especially on the point whether the discriminating tonnage-duty which was charged in 1827 on vessels in Norwegian ports, according to the geographical position of the port of departure, and which appears to have been discontinued as to vessels of the United States under the eighth article of the treaty of 1827, was still levied on the vessels of other countries than the United States after that time; and if so, how long.
The Department infers from the dispatch that the geographical discrimination referred to is so continued, but would have been glad to receive more explicit and detailed assurances on the point than have been furnished.
I am, etc.,