Mr. Denby to Mr. Gresham.
Peking, October 14, 1894.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a decree which appeared in the Gazette of the 12th instant, forcibly enjoining the protection of the missionaries in this city.
The Chinese Government is making commendable efforts to guarantee foreigners from molestation or injury. In addition to the proclamations recently posted and this decree, other measures have been taken, such as the placing of small companies of soldiers in the vicinity of foreign residences. We are also said to be under the friendly surveillance of secret police.
The city at present seems more than usually tranquil.
I have, etc.,
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.