Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Gresham.
Pelting, August 2, 1894. (Received September 12.)
Sir: I have the honor to report to you that, at the request of the Japanese chargé d’affaires, I took charge yesterday at noon of the legation of Japan and of the interest of the subjects of Japan in China.
Inclosed herewith are copies of his official request to me, of my reply, and of the dispatch which I addressed to the Yamên notifying the prince and minister of this action.
I telegraphed promptly to the U. S. consuls, who had been notified by circular to expect such an announcement, that Japanese interests had been placed under American protection, and I sent you a cipher telegram which I confirm in Inclosure No. 4 herewith.
I have, etc.,