Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney.

No. 2610.]

Sir: In my dispatch No. 2604, of September 21, I inclosed a copy of a dispatch relating to antiforeign riots in China which was sent by your direction to the Tsung-li Yamên.

I now have the honor to inclose a translation of a dispatch received from the Yamên in reply to my dispatch. It will be seen that the inclosure is conciliatory and satisfactory in tone.

I have, etc.,

Charles Denby.
[Inclosure in No. 2610.]

The Tsung-li Yamên to Mr. Denby.

No. 38.]

Your Excellency: The prince and ministers have had the honor to receive a communication from the minister of the United States, wherein he states that his Government has been unavoidably prevented from making such representations to the Government of China as recent anti-foreign riots in China imperatively demand should be made; that the whole subject is under careful consideration by the Government of the United States, and that it does not doubt that China will cooperate in meeting its wishes in a matter of such importance toward maintaining the amiable relations that have uniformly characterized both countries.

In reply, the prince and ministers have the honor to state that in the matter of missionaries preaching the gospel in the interior it is only necessary that both Chinese and foreigners should be commanded to observe the treaties, and thus there will be no cause for trouble.

The Yamên appreciates very much indeed the idea of the honorable Secretary of State devising a plan which may prove beneficial to both countries, and if the plan decided upon is not in contravention to treaty stipulations China will certainly in a spirit of friendliness come to a suitable decision.