Mr. Young to Mr. Olney.

No. 280.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 258 relating to the matter of the protection of the Chinese residents in this Republic by the diplomatic representative of the United States in Guatemala, and to inclose a note from the minister of foreign relations of Guatemala to the minister of China in Washington, which is said to contain the sanction of the Government of Guatemala to the request of the Chinese Government that the United States diplomatic representative in Guatemala may use his good offices in behalf of Chinese subjects in that Republic in case of need.

I have the honor to inform you that I have been exercising my good offices in behalf of Chinese residents of this Republic since the first communication I received from the Department more than a year ago, and they have always been recognized in a gracious and proper manner by the Government of Guatemala.

I am, etc.,

P. M. B. Young.
[Inclosure in No. 280.—Translation.]

Mr. Muñoz to Mr. Young.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to inclose herewith to your excellency, under cover, the note in which this minister answered the one received through the honored medium of your excellency from the honorable envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the Chinese Empire in Washington, in regard to the legation in the worthy charge of your excellency, assuring the protection of the interests of the subjects settled in this Republic. In said note I informed the diplomatic representative of China at once that such is the desire of his [Page 379] Government, and that the United States has given it its acquiescence according to the statement of the Honorable P. M. B. Young, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America. Your excellency, the Government of Guatemala, does not deem it improper, but on the contrary a cause for satisfaction that your honorable legation takes charge of the protection of the Chinese that are residing in Guatemala.

Begging your excellency to be pleased to transmit the inclosed answer to its address, for which I give you due thanks beforehand, I assure you once more of my distinguished consideration and deference.

Jorge Muñoz.