Mr. Lincoln to Mr. Blaine.
London, May 19, 1892.
Sir: I have the honor, with further reference to your instruction No. 671, of January 18 last, to inclose a copy of a note, dated the 14th instant, which I have received from the Marquis of Salisbury, communicating the reply of the board of agriculture to the representations made in my note of February 16 last, a copy of which was inclosed in my dispatch No. 628 bis of February 27 last.
It will be observed that the board still refuse to admit cattle or swine [Page 327]free from slaughter, but offer to admit sheep under certain arrangements.
The board call attention to an inaccuracy in my note in stating that but two animals had been declared to be infected with contagious pleuro-pneumonia since the stationing here of our inspectors, and point out the cases of three others, as to two of which I might have been officially informed, the third being, it seems, a case under examination as I was writing. It is due to myself to state that my note was based upon the letter of the Secretary of Agriculture, inclosed in your above-mentioned instruction, No. 671.
I have acknowledged the receipt of Lord Salisbury’s note in a communication of this date, of which a copy is inclosed, and I deem it a proper occasion to recall the attention of the board of agriculture to the scientific opinions and facts, which in their view are not of sufficient weight to raise even a doubt of the correctness of the report of their own officers as to the two animals lauded in April, 1891.
My private information leads me to the conviction that these sporadic declarations of infection, touching, perhaps, 1 animal in 100,000 arrivals, will continue to be made and to be maintained, in spite of all representations as to their correctness.
Inasmuch as the Marquis of Salisbury made in his above-mentioned note no allusion to the matter of the quarantine enforced by the Dominion of Canada, I have recalled his attention to the subject in a note (of which I also inclose a copy) dated to-day.
I have, etc,