No. 160.
Mr. Seward to Mr. Davis.

No. 768.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the first formal assent to construct a telegraph on Chinese soil has just been accorded to the Great Northern Telegraph Company by the Yiceroy of Fohkien. The line will be run from Foochow to the anchorage twelve miles below.

I believe that Mr. DeLano contributed largely to this success. The manager of the company called on me yesterday to state the fact, and to say that he considers the company largely indebted to Mr. DeLano.

I am, &c.,