Mr. Bayard to Mr. Chang Yen
Washington , March 11, 1887.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 8th instant, relative to the lately approved act of Congress to enforce the provisions of Article 2 of the treaty of November 17, 1880, concerning the opium traffic. The third section of this law you apprehend will, greatly interfere with the customs regulations and the rights of local self-government of China, and you promise to acquaint me with the method of your Government in dealing with imported opium.
I shall be happy to receive any information you may desire to impart bearing upon this important subject.