Mr. Taylor to Mr. Gresham.
Madrid, January 11, 1895. (Received January 24.)
Sir: In my dispatch of the 8th instant, I had the honor to inclose you a copy of my note of the 7th instant, which I presented to the minister of state on that day as a true statement of the proposals made up to that time in reference to the subject treated of therein. I have the honor to inclose a copy of note (with translation) addressed to me on the 10th instant, by the minister of state, in reply to mine of the 7th. I also inclose a copy of a note addressed by me to-day to the minister of state in reply to his last of the 10th. From these notes you will perceive that the provisional arrangement entered into under the instructions contained in your telegrams involves nothing more upon the part of the President than refraining from discriminating against or excluding Spanish products under act of 1890 in consideration of most-favored-nation treatment by Spain. Therefore, when I received your telegram inquiring of me whether the proposed agreement called for more upon the part of the President, I answered in the negative.[Page 632]
In view of the fact that the clause in our present tariff law imposing an additional duty of one-tenth of one cent a pound on sugar exported from bounty-paying countries may be repealed, I had it expressly understood that subsequent tariff changes may be made without prejudice to the agreement, provided that no discriminations are made thereby.
I have every reason to hope and expect that the Cortes will act in the matter as promptly as possible.
I am, etc.,