File No. 6655.
The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Leishman.
Washington, April 28, 1906.
Sir: The department incloses herewith copy of a letter from the president of the Smith Premier Typewriter Company, of New York City, under elate of the 24th instant, protesting against the customs requirements of the Turkish Government as respects the importation of typewriters. It is alleged that a certificate is required to the effect that the machine is for the personal use of the buyer, thereby making it so difficult to do business in that country as to practically amount to a prohibition.
You are instructed to bring this matter of burdensome restrictions on an important branch of our export trade to the attention of the Turkish Government, with a view of securing the desired relief.
I am, etc.,