Mr. Bayard to Mr. Chang Yen Hoon.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your note of the 3d instant, informing me that, having memorialized the throne to that effect, you have received from your Government an imperial decree authorizing you to receive from the United States the sum of $276,619.75, appropriated by the Congress for the relief and indemnity of those Chinese subjects in this country who had sustained injuries and losses at the hands of lawless men, as related heretofore in your correspondence.

It is therefore my pleasant duty without delay to make this payment to you, and to this end I now invite you to come to this Department on Friday next, 11th instant, at 12 o’clock noon, at which time I will be ready to make the payment, and have the necessary acquittances prepared for your signature. Trusting that your convenience will be served I)y the day and hour I have proposed.

I have, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.