Mr. Gresham to Mr. Tsui Kwo Yin.
Washington, August 31, 1893.
Sir: I have the honor to say that on receipt of your note of the 18th instant, in which you made known to me the contents of a report from the consul-general of China at San Francisco, that Chinese in Fresno and Tulare counties, California, had recently been subjected to mob violence, I telegraphed the governor of that State.
I am now in receipt of a letter of the 23d instant, from the governor, informing me that he had immediately communicated with the sheriffs of both counties. The sheriff of Fresno County has replied that he does [Page 255]not anticipate violence, but if any is attempted, lie is fully prepared to protect life and property there.
The sheriff of Visalia says no violence has been offered toward Chinese in Tulare County “other than what has occurred in Tulare and been published in the papers;” that he does not anticipate any violence, and will take all precautionary measures for their protection and that of their property, and will notify the other peace officers of the county.
I regret that now and then your countrymen in the United States have been subjected to annoyance and illegal treatment, but it is gratifying to be able to assure you that the sentiment of the people of the United States towards the Chinese grows perceptibly more tolerant.