Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Gresham.

No. 1844.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 869, of the 22d ultimo, with reference to the performance of judicial functions by acting consuls.

I have the honor to state that a copy of your dispatch has been sent to the U. S. consul at Amoy for his instruction. He has been advised that the proceedings in the United States v. Edwards, heard at Amoy before Dr. Grunenwald, acting U. S. consul, are void.

I have, etc.,

Chas. Denby, Jr.