No. 137.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Denby .

No. 132.]

Sir: I have received your No. 229, of October 16, last, concerning the settlement of the claim of the missionaries for the destruction of their property at the Chungking riots, through the mediation of the British consular agent there, Mr. Bourne, whom the local authorities have asked to act in the matter.

Your action in authorizing, through the British minister, Mr. Bourne, with the consent of the superintendent, Mr. Gamewell, to adjust the claim of the American missionaries by the payment of not less than 25,000 taels, which is a reduction of 3,000 taels from the original amount asked, is approved.

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I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.