[Enclosure in No. 980.]
SIR E. THORNTON TO THE EARL OF DERBY.
Novr. 16th 1874.
I have the honor to enclose copies of a letter and of its enclosures which I have received from Messrs. Brigham and Co., American Merchants at Boston. They state that they received in July last a shipment of Salmon from the Coast of Labrador, and that to their surprise they were called upon to pay import duty. This they paid but under protest and have since made application that it should be refunded. The Treasury Department, however, has informed the Collector of Customs at Boston that it has as yet come to no decision upon the subject.
I have therefore thought it right to address to Mr. Fish the note, of which a copy is enclosed, referring to the note which I transmitted to him on the 26th ultimo, and a copy of which accompanied my Despatch No. 291 of the 26th ultimo, and enquiring whether the Treasury Department has as yet come to a decision on the subject in favor of the Importers of fish from the Coast of Labrador.
I have, etc.
The Earl of Derby
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