to Mr. Bayard.
Peking, January 7, 1888. (Received March 3.)
Sir: I have the honor to state that I have sent to each consul a copy of the inclosed circular.
I regret that I can not procure for the Department a copy of “Treaties between the Empire of China and foreign powers, together with regulations for the conduct of foreign trade,” etc., edited by William F. Mayers, Chinese secretary to Her Britannic Majesty’s legation at Peking. This book was published in 1877 by the North China Herald, Shanghai, and was for sale in London by Trübner & Co., 57 and 59 Ludgate Hill. I am informed that it is out of print in China.
I understand that the customs is preparing a book containing all the treaties, which I will send to the Department as soon as it appears.
I have, etc.,