No. 339.

Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard .

No. 20.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith three copies of regulations controlling Chinese immigration into the Hawaiian Kingdom, as officially published.

The inclosed regulations supersede those adopted March 25, 1884, and forwarded to the Department in dispatch of Mr. Daggett, No. 135, dated March 26, 1884.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 20.]

regulations controling chinese immigration.

Foreign Office notice.—Regulations superseding those of March 25, 1844, for the control of Chinese immigration into the Hawaiian Kingdom.

By virtue of the authority conferred upon me by a resolution of His Majesty in cabinet council, passed on the 13th day of July, 1883, I hereby make and proclaim the following regulations for the admission of Chinese passengers entering this Kingdom:

  • “No. 1. From this date no vessel coming from a foreign country will be allowed to land more than twenty-five (25) Chinese passengers at any port in the Hawaiian Kingdom, unless the passengers in excess of that number are provided with passports entitling them to enter the Kingdom.
  • “No. 2. Passports entitling the holders to return to the Kingdom will be granted at the foreign office, Honolulu, to all persons of Chinese nationality now resident, or who [Page 476] may hereafter become resident, on these Islands, who may desire to visit any foreign country, provided always that such persons have been engaged in trade or have conducted some industrial enterprise during at least one year of their residence here. No return passports will be given to Chinese laborers leaving the country.
  • “No. 3. Passports will be granted at the foreign office, Honolulu; also by His Majesty’s consul-general at Hong-Kong, His Majesty’s consul at Shanghai, and His Majesty’s consul-general at San Francisco, to any Chinese women desiring to come to the Islands, and to Chinese children whose parents are residing in the Kingdom, or who may not be of more than ten years of age.
  • “No. 4. Passports entitling the holder to enter the Kingdom will also be granted at the foreign office to such persons of Chinese nationality as the minister of foreign affairs may claim it proper to admit to the Kingdom.
  • “No. 5. The fee for any passport issued under this regulation shall be two dollars ($2).
  • “No. 6. The holders of passports issued under these regulations must have the same indorsed with the visa of the consular representative of this Kingdom at any port at which he may embark on his return journey, and also at any port at which he may stay more than twenty-four hours during such return journey.
  • “No. 7. The fee for the consul’s visa of each passport shall be one dollar.

“All orders and instructions regulating the incoming of Chinese into this Kingdom heretofore made and proclaimed are hereby rescinded, but nothing herein contained shall affect the validity of any passport issued at Hong-Kong before the proclamation there of these regulations.

Minister of Foreign Affairs.