Difficulties having arisen with regard to the claims to British protection to British-born subjects of Chinese origin within the Chinese Empire, it has been arranged that they should wear a distinctive dress, and a government notification to that effect has accordingly been published at Hong-Kong.
“The following circular from his excellency Sir Rutherford Alcock, K. C. B., with its inclosure, relative to British subjects of Chinese descent residing or being in Chinese territory, is published for general information.
“J. GARDINER AUSTIN,
“Colonial Secretary Administering the Government.
“Hong-Kong, November 2, 1868.”