Mr. Planten to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: In the Journal of Commerce of this day I read in a circular issued by the Secretary of the Treasury that some of our Dutch colonial islands impose a duty on salt. This is erroneous.

The colony of Curaçao, comprising Curaçao, Buen Ayre, Oruba, St. Martin, St. Eustatius, and Saba, do not impose duties on salt, these duties having been abolished already six years ago.

In behalf of the salt traders in those colonies, or their agents here, I beg you to advise the Secretary of this fact, so that the necessary alterations in the interest of commerce and navigation may be made in this circular.

Accept, etc.,

J. R. Planten,
Chargé d’Affaires of the Netherlands.