The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Meyer.
Washington, July 10, 1905.
Sir: The Department has received and given careful attention to your dispatch No. 16 of April 28 last, relating to your interview with Mr. Timiryazeff, privy councilor and assistant to the Russian minister of finance, respecting the removal of the discriminating tariff duties to which certain American products are subjected in that Empire.
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If, and when, in your judgment, it shall appear that further efforts to secure the unconditional removal of the existing discriminations to which American export interests appear to be entitled will be unavailing, you may, in accordance with the suggestion contained in the [Page 805] inclosed letter from the Treasury Department, sound the Russian Government as to its willingness to adjust existing differences by means of a commercial agreement with the United States on the basis of section 3 of the tariff act of 1897. * * *
I am, etc.,