Mr. Denby to Mr. Bayard.
Peking, October 6, 1888. (Received November 16.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of the reply of the Yamên to my communication which was sent to you in my dispatch No. 713 of October 1, relating to the Chi-nan-fu troubles.
The Yamên give an abstract of a note from the governor of Shantung.
The Yamên still professes a willingness to aid the missionaries, but it does not agree to issue the positive orders which I demanded. It repeats its advice that “Rev. Gilbert Reid be easy and complaisant, wait quietly, and not show a hasty temper.”
I have communicated to Mr. Reid the substance of this dispatch, but I have little hope that he will take kindly these appeals to his patience.
I infer that there is not much probability of settling this controversy by securing for the missionaries the land which they desire for hospital purposes within any short period of time. Possibly a general settlement of the various questions pending between the two countries may include this troublesome affair. The only other plan which occurs to me is to go myself, accompanied by the interpreter of the legation, to Chi-nan-fu, or to send him or the second secretary to confer personally with the local authorities. Should you direct this mode of action, I ask authority to draw on you for the expenses of the trip.
I have, etc.,