Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Gresham.
Peking, May 23, 1894. (Received July 18, 1894.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 1839 of the 23d ultimo, regarding the refusal of the authorities at Nanking to permit the American missionaries to reside during the summer at the hills, I have the honor to inclose a translation of the Yamên’s reply to my dispatch.
It will be seen that the viceroy at Nanking reasserts the danger to missionaries of residence without the city, and on this ground alone bases his refusal. I do not believe, nor do the missionaries themselves, [Page 143] that any such danger exists, and I will again address the Yamên, urging that they be authorized to make a trial of hill residence to show that their fears are without foundation.
I have, etc.,