Mr. Seward to Sir F. Bruce

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 3d ultimo, upon the subject of the establishment of light-houses and the placing of buoys at certain designated points on the Chinese coast, with a view of facilitating the navigation of such coasts and harbors. In reply I have the honor to state that the government of the United States heartily concurs with that of [Page 183] her Majesty’s in causing proper steps to be taken to induce the Chinese government to carry into effect the measures aforenamed. In accordance with the suggestions of her Majesty’s government, instructions have been given to Mr. Burlingame, at Peking, to co-operate with her Majesty’s minister there in pressing the matter upon the attention of the Chinese government.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your obedient servant,


The Hon. Sir Frederick W. A. Bruce, &c., &c., &c.