Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney.

No. 2520.]

Sir: In my dispatch No. 2479, of February 14 last, I informed you that I had received from Consul Child a claim against the Government of China, in favor of the American Baptist Missionary Union, for damages suffered by the riots which occurred in Szechuan last spring. I therein asked to be instructed as to whether this claim should be presented in toto as demanded. I also intimated that I preferred to present a general claim rather than specific items—claiming damages in gross.

Having had an intimation from the Tsung-li Yamên that it was anxious to settle this claim, I sent to them to-day a statement of the gross amount demanded, to wit, $16,180, and asked payment thereof. The answer will be reported to you.

I have, etc.,

Charles Denby.