Mr. Seward to Mr. Burlingame

No. 178.]

Sir: I transmit to you herewith the copy of a note* of the 3d ultimo, from Sir Frederick Bruce, relative to the placing of lights and buoys on the coast of the Chinese empire, and asking that this government may co-operate with that of Great Britain in urging upon the Chinese government the necessity of carrying [Page 449] into effect the objects in question. This government concurring in the suggestion thus made, you are instructed to join with her Majesty’s representative in China in the adoption of such measures as will tend to induce the Chinese government to undertake the construction of the work in question.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Anson Burlingame, Esq., &c., &c., &c.

  1. For enclosure see Diplomatic Correspondence 1866, vol. 1 page 261