Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Gresham.
Peking, July 31, 1894. (Received September 12.)
Sir: Much misapprehension seeming to exist in the minds of the U. S. consuls in China as to the scope of their duties as to the protection of Japanese subjects in China, in case of war, and application having been made to me for further instructions on the subject, I have considered it desirable to inform them, somewhat, more in detail than was done in my circular of the 26th instant, of what would be expected of them. I inclose herewith a copy of a circular which I have this day mailed to the consuls at the various ports.
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