Mr. F. W. Seward to Sir F. Bruce

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the recept of your communication of the 21st ultimo, submitting for the information of this department copies of the papers therein referred to relating to the new regulations for the French settlement at Shanghai, and to the modifications which her Majesty’s government are desirous should be made in them.

Your excellency’s communication also conveys the information that the new regulations for the British and American settlements at Shanghai are satisfactory to her Majesty’s government.

I have the honor to state in reply that the general regulations are receiving [Page 201] the favorable attention of this government, which is now awaiting the views of Mr. Burlingame touching the French code.

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

F. W. SEWARD, Acting Secretary.

Hon. Sir Frederick Wright Bruce, &c., &c., &c.