Mr. Gresham to Mr. Denby.

No. 972.]

Sir: If it has not already occurred to you to do so, I would suggest that you advise American missionaries and other Americans residing at a distance from the treaty ports that it will be out of the power of our naval officers on the Asiatic station to protect them in case of sudden outbreaks, and that upon the manifestation of symptoms of violence it would be well for them to remove to or near the treaty ports.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.