Mr. Grant to Mr. Blaine .
Vienna , December 5, 1891. (Received December 23)
Sir: Upon November 10 last I bad the honor to report to you, by telegram, that I had received official information to the effect that the cabinets of both Austria and Hungary had agreed to repeal the ordinance which prohibited the admission of American hog products into this Monarchy.
Since sending to you my telegram of November 10 I have made it my special duty to visit the foreign office as frequently as possible, where I used earnestly whatever influence could be brought to bear to hasten the promulgation of the rescinding decree. During each interview, when I was always received with the greatest cordiality at the foreign office, I had arguments more or less extended upon this subject with the ministers, the general purport of which I have already reported to the Department; and yesterday I had the honor and gratification to telegraph you, Mr. Secretary, that the decree had been officially promulgated which admits American pork products into the Monarchy of Austria-Hungary 5 and I herewith inclose a translated copy of this decree and the note with which it was transmitted to this legation (Nos. 1 and 2).
The promulgation of this decree admitting American pork products into Austria-Hungary may justly be considered as a great triumph for the United States Government.
I congratulate the President and you, Mr. Secretary, upon the success which you both have gained in this decree from Austria-Hungary, which opens a market to the value of $25,000,000 a year for one of America’s staple products, not an insignificant “Christmas greeting “from the administration at Washington to the seven millions of farmers in the United States.
Trusting that my actions in the negotiation for this decree may meet with your approval,
I have, etc.,