worthy statistics of its past and present product of gold and
silver. Through the courtesy of eminent individuals, officially
connected with the Imperial Government, he was enabled to
collect very full and satisfactory details of the products of those
metals, and especially in the Asiatic portions of the Empire.
Through the same facilities, he also obtained statistical infor¬
mation of peculiar interest to the United States, in respect to
the export of cereals from the great, central, agricultural interior
of Russia, so strikingly resembling in geographical development
and relative position, the central, food-producing interior of the
American Union. On his way homeward, through Germany
and Holland, he was also enabled to collect accurate information
in respect to the commerce of those countries in food, both vege¬
table and animal; as a branch of a general inquiry to ascertain
statistically the comparative condition of the " feeding" and
of the " fed " nations of Europe and America. He has also
taken measures for prosecuting inquiries in London, not yet
fully completed, in respect to the product of gold and silver
in Australia, New-Zealand and British America. The results,
properly collated and condensed, will be duly transmitted to the
Government of the United States.
Feb. 24, 1864. S. B. Ruggles.
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