Mr. Planten to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: Referring to my letter of September 14 last, and yours of the 18th, I have the honor to inclose a decree of the governor of Curaçao, dated August 20, 1888, No. 14, whereby import duties on salt in the colony of Curaçao were abolished, and copy of a cable from our minister of foreign affairs at The Hague stating that import duty on salt was not reestablished by decree of December, 1892.

Hoping that these facts will convince your excellency of the mistake of the international customs bureau at Brussels, I beg you to accept the assurance of my high consideration.

J. R. Planten.

Tuneless, New York:

Import duty salt not reestablished by decree December, 1892. See letter.