to Mr. Denby.
Washington, January 8, 1887.
Sir: I have received your No. 243, of November 17, 1886, announcing the gratifying intelligence of the settlement of the claims of the American [Page 181] missionaries at Chungking, by reason of losses suffered by them on account of the riot there in July last.
The Department warmly appreciates the generous and able assistance rendered to our injured citizens by Mr. Bourne, the consular agent of Great Britain at Chungking. You will, therefore, in addition to what you have already said, suitably express the Department’s thanks to Sir John Walsham, Her Britannic Majesty’s minister at Peking, for his courteous kindness, and through him to Mr. Bourne for his valuable and successful assistance.
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I am, etc.,