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^[[copy sent to Paris]]



May 11, 1921.

Jacques Seligmann,
705 Fifth Avenue,
New York City.

Dear Sir: 

We wish to keep you informed of the pending legislation in Washington. The matter of the tariff is being considered by the House of Representatives and their Sub-Committees have been giving it consideration. The United States Tariff Commission in going over the free list discussed the tariff on Art, and after getting opinions on this subject came to the conclusion that there should be no import duty on works of Art. However, last week the Ways and Means Committee took a contrary view and decided that in their opinion there should be a tariff on works of Art. If this should come to pass it would be very detrimental to our business, especially as the new tariff will probably be on an American valuation, and not on the price paid abroad. 

Mr. John Quinn went to Washington on our behalf to get a hearing on this matter before the Ways and Means Committee. They suddenly decided that they were obliged to curtail the hearings and told Mr. Quinn yesterday morning that the only hearing that they could give would be in the afternoon of that day. He had a two hours hearing with the members of the Sub-Committee in charge of the tariff on Art, and reports that the outcome was very satisfactory. He is going to file a brief with the Committee, copy of which we will probably send you next week. We have taken up this matter with Mr. Robert W. De Forrest, who is President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and President of the American Federation of Arts, and he is going to address the latter in their annual convention at Washington next week on this subject. He will ask the various members present to take up this matter immediately with their Senators and Congressmen while they are in Washington. Further, on the 16th, there is a meeting in Washington of the Association of Art Museum directors, and the question of the tariff and the luxury tax will be brought up at this meeting by Mr. R. R. Harche of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Harche has written us stating that he sent out questionaires to all the members

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