to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Peking, May 31, 1883. (Received July 16.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a correspondence between this legation and Mr. Consul Jones, of Nagasaki. The question asked by Mr. Jones is whether, under the law, the Chinese consul at Nagasaki is a competent “authority” to issue a certificate of identification to Chinese subjects who propose to visit the United States and are entitled to do so.
I have said to the consul that in my opinion a consul has the right to issue such a certificate. This opinion I have, however, asked him to accept with reserve, subject to the approval of the Department, as I have no instruction that enables me to speak with authority.
I have, &c.,