The Irish Minister (MacWhite) to the Acting Secretary of State
Sir: I have been given to understand that the United States Government are about to set up machinery to regulate the importation of liquor and wines, and that certain officials have already been designated to work out quotas for different countries.
I have the honour to request that you will be so good as to bring to the attention of the authorities concerned the annexed memorandum which shows the trade situation between the Irish Free State and the United States for the ten years from 1924 to 1933. It will be observed from this memorandum that in the period mentioned the United States purchased only an average of one dollar’s worth of Irish merchandise in return for every eight dollars of American merchandise purchased by the Irish Free State. During the nine months January to September of the current year this proportion has not varied to any extent.
I should like furthermore to point out that in the manufacture of Irish Porter, Stout, and Whiskey a considerable percentage of the barley, hops and wood employed has invariably been imported from the United States.
I trust these facts will be taken into due consideration by your Government in determining the regulations that may govern the importation of alcoholic beverages from the Irish Free State, and that a more equitable adjustment of our mutual trade relations will result therefrom.
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