No. 138.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Cheng Tsao Ju.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 17th instant, relative to an assault upon Chinese residents of Seattle, Washington Territory, and to the threatened movement against your countrymen having for its object their expulsion from that Territory. In compliance with your request the attention of the governor of Washington Territory has been called to the necessity for measures of protection to the Chinese, so that any contemplated outbreak against them may be averted. The matter has also been laid before the Secretary of the Interior, to the end that every power of law should fee lent, through the Territorial officials within his jurisdiction, to secure the Chinese from assaults.

Accept, sir, &c.,