Mr. Connery to Mr. Bayard.
Mexico, October 10, 1887. (Received October 20.)
Sir: I am only this moment in receipt of a note from Mr. Mariscal, dated the 20th ultimo, and addressed to Mr. Manning, in regard to the invitation contained in your printed circular of July 9, this year, to the Government of Mexico, to cooperate with the Government of the United States in the wise movement for the abolition of tonnage and equivalent charges on navigation.
I inclose a copy of Mr. Mariscal’s note, translated, giving his reasons why, in the the present straitened condition of the finances of his country, and while its mercantile marine is but yet in its infancy, it would be impossible for the Mexican Government to accept your invitation. The movement, you will observe, he admits is based on excellent principles, but he adds that in Mexico’s present situation the advantages would be all on one side, as her vessels are few and engaged mainly in the coasting trade, while the revenues of the country are chiefly derived from the duties levied through her customhouses duties which could not be dispensed with in the absence of some other and better plan to supply the Government with the necessary funds.
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