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HARVARD COLLEGE

JUN 261909

LIBRARY,

Museum of Comp. Zoology

LONDON, 15 PICCADILLY, January 14, 1880.

TO GENERAL STARRING,

Special Agent U.S. Treasury in Europe,
Morley's Hotel.

SIR, I desire to repeat to you in writing the statements I made to you in conversation in reply to your several inquiries.

I shall be glad to give any further information in my power, and to verify all my statements by oath -if this is preferred.

I understand the several inquiries and allegations to be substantially as follows.

I. THAT a history of myself as a Bookseller and Publisher would be acceptable.

II. THAT a list of my Customers and Consignees in America would be acceptable.

III. THAT it is alleged that I succeeded in getting a fraudulent invoice through the New York Customs, and that my consignments to the United States are supposed to be fraudulent in that the books are invoiced as having been printed over twenty years, while they are known to have been printed within the last five years,

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