Mr. Burlingame to Mr. Seward
Sir: Please find enclosures 1, 2, and 3, relating to newspapers printed in the Chinese language.
The letter of Prince Kung (1) was sent to each of the legations, and the representatives of the treaty powers, after consultation, and considering the value of the freedom of the press, agreed to reply substantially as I have done, thanking the Prince for his liberal views on the subject of printing, and pointing out the remedy for libels under our laws, but refusing to repress by harsh measures the freedom of the press.
The answer seems to have been satisfactory
I sent to our Consul General Seward the enclosure 3, that our countrymen might take such precautions as would seem to be necessary to give the injured Chinese the benefit of their treaty rights.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.