The Acting Secretary of State to the Netherlands Minister.
Washington, January 16, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 7th instant, relative to acceptance by the appraising officers of the United States of certificates of value issued by chambers of commerce in the Netherlands, on the same terms as are accorded to German chambers of commerce.
In reply, I have the honor to inform you that a copy of your note will be sent to the Secretary of the Treasury, and I have no doubt that he will grant the privileges which you seek as soon as the fact shall be established that the chambers of commerce in the Netherlands enjoy a semiofficial status, as is intimated in your note. I have the honor to request that you furnish this department with copies of the laws or royal decrees relating to the organization and operations of those commercial bodies. Upon receipt of this additional information I shall take pleasure in transmitting it promptly to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Receive, sir, etc.,