Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Gresham.
Peking, August 8, 1894. (Received September 22.)
Sir: On the 6th instant the prince and ministers wrote to this legation, stating that they were informed that Japanese spies had been sent into the interior of China in disguise, and announced their intention of dealing severely with them if apprehended.
In replying to this dispatch, I considered it my duty to urge the Chinese Government to proceed with moderation and to be influenced rather by motives of humanity than by bitterness toward Japan.
I have, etc.,