Mr. Wharton to Mr. Chang Yen Hoon.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 10th instant, proposing a form of certificate whereby Chinese merchants may be permitted to visit this country, in conformity with the provisions of the act of Congress of July 5, 1884, section 6, and the treaty of November 16, 1880, between the United States and China.

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I have accordingly submitted your note and its accompaniment to the Secretary of the Treasury for an expression of his opinion thereon, and will take pleasure in apprising you of the tenor of his reply when received.

Meanwhile I avail, etc.,

Wm. F. Wharton.