Mr. Draper to Mr. Hay.

No. 329.]

Sir: I beg leave to state, calling attention to my dispatch No. 324, of November 14, that I had a very satisfactory interview yesterday with Admiral Canevaro, minister of foreign affairs. He said that, in spite of efforts that might be made to have a discrimination against American meats reestablished, the present ministry would not take steps in that direction. I suppose I may accept this as settling the matter, unless the pressure should become stronger than is now anticipated. I have had various letters from importers of American meats, who are much alarmed, and have asked them to acquaint me with anything that may reach them on the subject.

I have, etc.,

William F. Draper.