Mr. Gresham to Mr. Tsui Kwo Yin.
Washington, May 5, 1893.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 29th ultimo, making known your apprehensions lest acts of violence may take place against the persons and property of Chinese subjects in San Francisco and its vicinity and in Montana, due to race hatred and to the restrictive legislation of the United States.
Your note of April 13 last relates to the same subject and has had my careful attention. As I have said to you on several occasions, the Government of the United States will not tail to exert to its full extent its lawful authority for the preservation of good order and tranquillity, and for securing to all Chinese dwellers in this country adequate protection.
In view of the fears you express and the apparently trustworthy information you have received that, after the statute in question shall have become operative, violent demonstrations may be made in various quarters against your countrymen and their property, I have communicated to the governors of California and other States of the Pacific slope the President’s desire and expectation that the authority of the law may be maintained to prevent disturbance of the peace of those States by lawless and evil-disposed men.
Sincerely trusting that your forebodings may prove groundless, and believing that the power of the States in question is ample to avert disturbance of the public tranquillity,
I avail, etc.,