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In the Midst of Treaty Negotiations Between the United States and the Austrian Empire, President James K. Polk Orders a Letter From His Cabinet Sent to the Austrian Monarch The letter was part of those negotiations, and resulted in a treaty in 1848
14/07/1847. James K. Polk In 1847 the United States and Austria were negotiating a treaty to abolish emigration and international inheritance taxes, establish consulates, and improve relations. In early July the Austrians submitted proposed treaty language. This proposal was submitted to President Polk and his Cabinet in a meeting on July 17. The Americans had some objections, which were expressed in a response.Document signed, Washington, July 14, 1847, directing the Secretary of State "to affix the seal of the United States to the envelope of a Cabinet letter to the Emperor of Austria." We would assume that this letter was sent to Austria saying that the proposal would be considered, or was dated on July 14 but held pending the Cabinet meeting three days later. In that event the letter was a response with Cabinet objections and alternatives.The Emperor of Austria, Ferdinand, was mentally incapacitated and childless, and Prince Klemens von Metternich ran Austrian foreign policy. So he was the likely recipient of this letter. The treaty would be agreed upon and ratified in 1848.
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