to Mr. Bayard.
Peking , April 19, 1886. (Received June 28.)
Sir: As a further acknowledgment of your dispatch No. 45, of the 4th March last, touching the claim of John P. Cowles, jr., of Foochow, for reduction of duty on damaged exports, I have the honor to state that no actual case has as yet arisen, but if one should arise I will insist on compliance with the views stated in your dispatch of which the Tsung-li Yamên is aware by a note which I sent it on the 13th December, 1885, a copy of which I now inclose.
I have, &c.,