to Mr. Bayard.
Peking , October 27, 1887. (Received December 12.)
Sir: I have the honor to hand you inclosed copies of correspondence which have passed between the Tsung-li Yamên and myself regarding the obstructions in the Canton River near Whampoa.
The appointment of a higher officer to attend to the duties affecting commerce at Whampoa I regard as desirable, but I do not admit the right of China to put obstructions at Whampoa that prevent vessels of deep draught from proceeding to Canton in time of peace.
I have, etc.,