Mr. Draper to Mr. Sherman.

No. 180.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 137, of the 5th instant, informing me that the Italian circular of January 28 last, relative to the abolition of the consular visé on certificates accompanying exports of swine’s flesh from the United States has never been communicated to the Italian consular officers in the United States.

Acting upon your instruction, I have called upon the minister for foreign affairs and conveyed to him the contents of your communication. He has agreed to telegraph the necessary information to the Italian chargé d’affaires in Washington, and I presume that he has already done so.

I am, etc.,

William F. Draper.