Mr. Uhl to Mr. Bayard.

No. 681.]

Sir: I inclose herewith copy of a letter of the 10th instant from the representative in Manchester of the Texas and Northwest Produce Company, and copy of a communication addressed to this Department by the Secretary of Agriculture on the 22d instant in response to a request for an expression of his views thereon, in relation to the desirability of an arrangement whereby American cattle arriving at ports of England may be carried by rail to markets having abattoirs for slaughtering.

The matter is again brought to your attention in the hope that you may be able to secure some modification of the restrictions which unjustly and unnecessarily weigh upon this important American trade.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.
[Inclosure 1 to No. 681.]

The Secretary of Agriculture to Secretary of State.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 20th instant, inclosing copy of a letter from the representative of the Texas and Northwest Produce Company, at Manchester, England, in relation to the desirability of an arrangement whereby American cattle arriving at ports in England may be carried by rail to markets having abattoirs for slaughtering. There can be no question of the desirability and of the advantage to the American export cattle trade of modifications in the British regulations which would allow American cattle to be shipped to the various markets of England.

This Department has frequently set forth these advantages in its communications to the Department of State, but it appears that the American ambassador to Great Britain has not been able to secure any favorable modifications. I can only repeat what has previously been said to the effect that American cattle are free from any diseases which would be dangerous to British live stock, and that the restrictions now enforced by Great Britain are unnecessary from a sanitary point of view.

Very respectfully,

J. Sterling Morton.
[Inclosure 2 to No. 681.]

Dear Sir: As an American citizen, and representing cattle interests in the State of Texas, I beg respectfully to call your attention to the unnecessary and arbitrary embargo placed upon cattle landing in this country from the United States by Her Majesty’s board of agriculture. It has been suggested that there can be no possible harm or detriment whatever to similar interests in this country if cattle were permitted to be hauled in trucks direct off the steamer at the port of landing and carried by railroad to the different cattle markets to which are attached abattoirs for slaughtering the same. If these trucks were specially adapted and used only in the transfer of American cattle and the cattle slaughtered at their destination without coming in contact with other cattle, as is done at Birkenhead, it would appear reasonable to expect that the board of agriculture should consent to such an arrangement. I need not remind you that confining the arrival and slaughtering of American cattle to Birkenhead gives rise to an undue discrimination as against American cattle interests.

Will you kindly give this your attention and inform me if it is not a question [Page 359]which should be brought before the Government here by our ambassador, Mr. Bayard? Your attention to this question will very much oblige not only me, but others who are interested in shipping cattle from the States to this country.

I am, very respectfully, yours,

  • H. S. Grimshaw.
  • R. Hope Brown, Jr., Secretary.