Mr. Dougherty to Mr. Bayard
Rome , October 15, 1887. (Received October 29.)
Sir: On August 12 last, in obedience to the instructions contained in your circular letter dated July 9, 1887, this legation addressed a note to the minister of foreign affairs of Italy, communicating the desire of the United States Government to establish a basis of thorough reciprocity with Italy in the matter of tonnage and equivalent charges on navigation. A copy of the said circular was therein inclosed, I have now the honor to report that I have jest received a reply from the minister of foreign affairs, in which, after assuring me that no discrimination exists in Italian ports against United States vessels compared with those of Italy or any third country, his excellency states that the Government of the King had given the proposal careful consideration but had not deemed it opportune to move any modification of the existing law on the subject. I have the honor to inclose a copy and translation of Minister Crispi’s letter.
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