Mr. Draper to Mr. Sherman.
Rome, July 23, 1897. (Received August 12.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of the 22d instant, granting me leave of absence for sixty days. I will take advantage of it, beginning with August 1 next, as it may be desirable to await for a few days a reply to my note of the 15th instant, addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, concerning the importation of meats. I inclose herein a copy of the note, that you may be informed of the exact standing of the negotiation and may give further instructions should any be required.
During the month of August I expect to be at St. Moritz, Switzerland, only a few miles from the Italian frontier, and to keep in daily communication with the embassy.
I am, etc.,