No. 148.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Denby.

No. 162.]

Sir: I have received your No. 263, of December 4, 1886, in regard to American citizens and the opium traffic in China, and have to approve your letter to the consul-general at Shanghai, touching the action of Messrs. Russell & Co., as contrary to the intent and spirit of the treaty of 1880.

Legislation to carry into execution the provisions of Article 2 of the treaty is, as you are already aware, now pending before Congress.

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I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.