Mr. Denby to Mr. Blaine.
Peking, May 10, 1889. (Received June 19.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of my communication to the foreign office of the 4th instant, relating to the missionary troubles at Chi-nan-fu.
I inclose also a translation of the reply of the Yamên thereto.
The facts as reported to me by the head of the Presbyterian mission are stated in my communication.
In my dispatch No. 723 of October 6, 1888, I deemed it my duty to suggest to your predecessor that, in the event of all other means failing, [Page 109]it might be well to consider the propriety of my going in person to Chi-nan-fu, or sending a member of this legation, to endeavor to effect a settlement of this troublesome question. Such a trip would be very expensive, and I did not feel authorized to take it unless so directed by the Department, and unless authority were conferred to draw for the necessary funds.
The missionaries agree with me in the opinion that personal intervention at Chi-nan-fu by one in authority offers the only means of securing favorable results. I have no personal desire to incur the fatigue of such a trip, but I am prepared to do so, if some time shall elapse and still nothing be done.
I therefore submit for your consideration the question whether I shall be authorized to go to Chi-nan-fu should all other means fail of success.
It must be remembered that the question of the right of the missionaries to acquire land at Chi-nan-fu has produced great annoyance to our fellow citizens, to the public, and this legation.
I have, etc.,