Mr. Denby to Mr. Bayard.

No. 835.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a communication from the Tsung-li Yamên, which may be regarded as an official notification that the Emperor of China will to-day assume the reigns of government.

In honor of this event the foreign ministers today displayed their flags and sent cards to the members of the Yamên. The flag of this legation was elevated for the double purpose of signalizing the advent of the Emperor to power, and in honor of the ceremony of the inauguration which was then transpiring in Washington.

I have, etc.,

Charles Denby.
[Inclosure in No. 835.]

The Tsung-li Yamên to Mr. Denby.

Your Excellency: The prince and ministers have the honor to state that the following edict was issued by her Majesty, the Empress Regent, on the 27th of July last:

“Inasmuch as when the Emperor first assumed reins of government there would he questions arise that might cause His Majesty some hesitancy as to the best means to he adopted to meet them, we could not refuse to offer our advice when occasion made it necessary, and we therefore feel constrained to yield consent to the entreaty of our servants of state to continue the direction of government for some years.

“During the past two years His Majesty has devoted his leisure hours in continuing his course of instruction and has shown skill and cleverness in the advancement of his education. In the matter of governmental questions, whether important or otherwise, His Majesty has proved himself competent to determine the pros and cons as they arise, and to deal with them in a manner befitting and right. To us this is a source of great joy.

“His Majesty will enter the bonds of matrimony some time during the first moon of next year (February), and he should therefore assume the entire charge of the administration of government, thus satisfying the aspirations and hopes of our ministers and the people of our Empire. Let the board of astronomy reverently select an auspicious day during the second moon of next year (March) for our retirement and report to us. Respect this.”

Upon the 30th day of July, 1888, Her Majesty issued the following decree:

“In obedience to our command, the imperial board of astronomy having memorialized us, selecting an auspicious day for the occasion, we command that the 4th of March next be chosen as the day for the full assumption of power by the Emperor.

“Respect this.”

As in duty bound the prince and ministers send your excellency copies of the above decree for your information.

A necessary communication, etc.