[Enclosure in No. 981.]
SIR E. THORNTON TO THE HONBLE. HAMILTON FISH.
Novr. 16th 1874.
I have the honor to inform you that I have received a letter from Messrs. J. B. Brigham & Co., Merchants of Boston, to the effect that in July last they received a shipment of Salmon from the Coast of Labrador, and that they were called upon to pay duty upon it, though it was shipped without the slightest idea that any duty would be imposed upon it. It was however paid and an appeal was made against the payment. But the Treasury Department has not yet given orders that the duties in question should be refunded.
I therefore take the liberty of enquiring whether in consequence of the note which I had the honour to address you on the 26th ulto. a decision has not yet been taken upon that subject in favor of the Importer of fish from the Coast of Labrador by the Secretary of the Treasury.
I have, &c.
The Honble. Hamilton Fish,
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