No. 36.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Young.


Mr. Lowell has telegraphed his interview with Lord Granville relative to the obstructing of the port of Canton. Instructions have been given him to the effect that the treaty ports cannot rightfully be closed by either France or China, except the latter should do so for necessary protection. Should France agree absolutely and not conditionally to make no attack on the treaty ports, a protest against their obstruction will be made to China by this Government. No protest can be made against China for taking such steps for its defense as it may deem necessary.