Ambassador Griscom to the Secretary of State.

No. 15.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 13 of July 14 last, transmitting a translation of an executive decree whereby certain American articles were granted a 20 per cent reduction in the Brazilian customs duties until December 31 next, I have the honor to advise the department, as of considerable importance to our merchants and exporters, that, according to article 173 of the Brazilian tariff now in force, fine paints and also paints for house painting and similar uses are included under the heading “Inks” mentioned in the decree as one of the articles entitled to the reduction.

I have, etc.,

Lloyd C. Griscom.