Mr. Gresham to Mr. Denby.

No. 847.]

Sir: I have received your No. 1754, of 2d ultimo, touching the exaction of likin dues at Yohchow, on the Yangtze, on merchandise of Mr. Jenkins, covered by a transit pass.

Your claim that transit passes are to be taken as conclusive evidence of the fact that the goods have been imported is reasonable, and should be maintained in the absence of allegation supported by proof, that the goods are fraudulently carried on such passes. No charge of fraud appears in the case you report.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.