to Mr. Fish.
Lisbon, February 4, 1874. (Received February 28.)
Sir: I have just received from the minister for foreign affairs a certified copy of a proclamation issued by His Majesty the King of Portugal, setting forth that great and frequent complaints having been made to His Majesty’s government of the introduction of coolies from China into the port of Macao for transportation to foreign countries, which traffic is not only prohibited by the laws of Portugal, but is repugnant to the spirit of Christian civilization, therefore His Majesty commands that the civil governor at Macao, and all other Portuguese authorities, shall adopt vigorous measures to suppress the traffic aforesaid, and punish all offenders against the law in this respect, and that the repressive measures now employed by the British authorities at Hong-Kong shall be employed by the Portuguese authorities at Macao, and the dependencies of Portugal under the jurisdiction of the civil governor at that place.
I am happy to be able to add, that I have good reason for believing that the Portuguese government are in earnest in their expressed determination to suppress this traffic in the dependencies of the kingdom.