No. 154.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Denby.

No. 248.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of jour No. 445, of September 7, 1887, in the matter of the Ward estate claims against China, and to say that the Department greatly appreciates your able and thorough review of the claim.

I have said to the attorney of Mrs. Amidon, Mr. George O. Glavis, that, after an extended investigation of the case and an extremely careful examination of its circumstances and history, both in this Department and in the Legation of the United States in China, the Department was of opinion that the claim, as presented, was not one which this Government would be justified in pressing further upon the Government of China.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.