Mr. Blaine to Mr. Lincoln.
Washington, April 28, 1890.
Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 208, of the 5th instant, concerning the interview between yourself and the president of the British board of agriculture relative to the importation of cattle and sheep from the United States into Great Britain, I transmit you herewith a copy of a letter to this Department from the Secretary of Agriculture communicating the information asked for in your dispatch concerning certain topics.
You are at liberty to communicate the contents of the letter of the Secretary of Agriculture to Her Britannic Majesty’s Government in such form as you may deem best, and to ask at the same time for permission for the Department of Agriculture to station a chief veterinary inspector at London and subordinate inspectors at Liverpool and Glasgow to inspect the live stock arriving at those ports from this country. You will state to the foreign office that the object of this request is to enable this Government to promptly trace the origin of any disease which may be found among live stock imported into Great Britain from the United States.
I am, etc.,