Ambassador Reid to the Secretary of State.
London, July 13, 1906.
Sir: I have the honor to report the receipt of a letter from the Federation of Grocers’ Associations of the United Kingdom inclosing me a copy of a letter and resolution which they had sent in full [Page 799]to the President, and the substance of which they had previously cabled him. They intimated to me a hope that they might receive from the President, through me, something on the subject which would be of a reassuring character for the trade and might promote the interests of packers of American canned meats.
As the President was known to be at Oyster Bay and the time was short, I finally concluded, after some hesitation, to send a careful dispatch direct to him on the subject without making any immediate response to the Grocers’ Associations or committing the President in any way.
On receipt of his cabled reply, however, I hastened to forward it to the meeting of these associations at Sheffield. It was immediately read in their convention, a resolution concerning it was passed, it was published broadcast, and at the request of the associations I have consented to let them make a photolithographic copy of the original dispatch for wide distribution. It is already evident that the impression produced has been most favorable, and it is hoped that it may have some effect in reviving the trade which had been so materially checked.
I beg to inclose herewith copies of the letter from the Grocers’ Associations, the President’s letter, and my letter to the secretary of the Grocers’ Federation transmitting it, together with the response from the Grocers’ Associations.
I have, etc.,