Mr. Gresham to Mr. Yang YĆ¼.

Sir: I have the honor to say with reference to your note of the 27th ultimo that, as appears by a letter of the Treasury of the 11th instant, collectors of customs have been instructed to place no unnecessary obstacles in the way of the landing, in the United States, of Chinese entitled to enter our ports, but that it is not deemed advisable to renew the practice under which collectors visaed certificates issued by consular officers of China in this country to Chinese about to depart for China with the intention of returning.

The letter of the Treasury closes as follows:

It is hoped that by means of the registration of Chinese persons in the United States under the law recently passed, further difficulties and complications in connection with this subject may be obviated.

Accept, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.