No. 146.

Mr. Cheng Tsao Ju to Mr. Bayard .

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 7th instant, inclosing two copies of the President’s proclamation providing for the protection of the Chinese residents of Washington Territory.

I take pleasure in expressing to you, Mr. Secretary, my profound thanks for the prompt efforts of the Government of the United States in suppressing the lawless combinations against the welfare and peace of the Chinese in that Territory.

Accept, sir, &c.,