Sir F. Bruce to Mr. Seward

Sir: In obedience to instructions which I have received from her Majesty’s secretary of state for foreign affairs, I have the honor to submit herewith for your information copies of papers, as marked in the margin, respecting the new regulations for the French settlement at Shanghai, and the modifications which her Majesty’s government are desirous should be made in them.

I have further the honor to state, in regard to this matter, that the British minister in China will be apprised that the new regulations for the management of the British and American settlements which have been in discussion at Shanghai, between the consular authorities of the United States, England, and Prussia, are considered by her Majesty’s Secretary of State to be well adapted for the purpose in view, and that when they are brought before his lordship, in the manner prescribed by the order in council, they will receive the formal sanction of her Majesty’s government.

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


Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.