to Mr. Bayard.
Seôul, Corea , May 7, 1886. (Received June 16.)
Sir: Supplementary to the report upon mineral products of Corea, transmitted with my No. 286, dated March 20, 1886, I beg to submit the inclosed copy of a letter received by me from Mr. C. A. Welch, an intelligent American gentleman in the service of the Corean customs.
I have, &c.,
I have recently learned that the Chinese officials and merchants are actively interested in the gold mine of Corea at Yung-Hung (near Wönsan). I have it on good authority that these mines were visited recently by the Chinese consul at Wonsan, and he has stated that there are 20,000 men working at the mines in the district.
Each man pays to the Government for the privilege of mining about 6 candareens, weight, of gold or its equivalent in money. The consul intimated his whim to go to Seoul soon, and that Chinese interest in gold mining at Yung-Hung would be extended.
There can be no doubt that China’s policy with regard to Corea has, for a large section of its base, her cognizance of the undeveloped mineral wealth of the country.
Ensign U. S. Navy, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.