to Mr. Evarts.
Peking, October 6, 1880.
Sir: I herewith, inclose a circular letter, which I am issuing to our consuls in China.[Page 170]
The general pilotage regulations, though drafted by Sir Rutherford Alcock, were submitted to the foreign ministers at Peking and approved by them prior to their promulgation in November, 1868. Sir Thomas Wade therefore recognized the propriety of submitting to fbreign ministers the slight changes suggested by the chief justice of Her Britanic Majesty’s supreme court at Shanghai.
It has seemed to me not improbable that during the twelve years of trial of the regulations some graver defects than those indicated by the chief justice may have become apparent, and that this may be a favorable opportunity to secure any needed improvement.
I inclose subsections 3 and 4 of the regulations.
The judge finds subsection 3, if I understand him, useless, because the laws of Great Britain prescribe no penalty for the offense named, and subsection 4 in conflict with the order in council, which prescribes that only a part of the maximum fine named can be imposed.
I have the honor, &c.,