to Mr. Evarts.
Lima, Peru, September 10, 1877. (Received Oct. 13, 1877.)
Sir: The press of this capital, on the 5th instant, published a note from the Peruvian consul-general at San Francisco, Cal., to the department of foreign affairs here, relative to the anti-Chinese riots in that city and of the emigration of the Chinese from there. I inclose copy of the note and translation; also extracts from the South Pacific Times of Callao in reference to the note.
There is every desire to increase the immigration of Chinese into Peru by the government, but I doubt that they will go into the fields or on the plantations to labor, if not especially contracted in some way for such purposes, as the work on sugar plantations is hard and continuous; for light work, wanting patience, constancy, and attention, I think they are most excellent.
For various reasons the Chinese Government should have some agent or authorized person here to look after the interests of its subjects, who, I fear, are often at the mercy of ill-disposed and mercenary parties, who take advantage of their helplessness.
I am, &c.,