Mr. Adee to Mr. Ewing.
Washington, May 31, 1895.
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence relative to the decree of the Belgian Government prohibiting the importation of American cattle into Belgium, and particularly to the Department’s instruction No. 111, of the 1st ultimo, to you in regard to the sanitary condition of cattle in the United States, I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a communication of the 25th instant from the Secretary of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of a letter to him from Messrs. Patterson, Ramsay & Co., steamship agents at Baltimore, Md., stating that large numbers of Canadian cattle are now imported into France from Canada and find their way into Belgium.
I will thank you to informally investigate the statements made by Messrs. Patterson, Ramsay & Co. as to the importation of Canadian cattle into France and indirectly into Belgium, and report the result of your inquiries to the Department.
You will avail yourself of every opportune occasion which may offer to recall the subject to the attention of the foreign office, with a view to obtaining a repeal or modification of the decree complained of.
I am, etc.,