Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney.

No. 2639.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a letter from Mr. W. H. Lingle, of the American Presbyterian Mission at Lien Chou, in northern Kwang-tung, reporting the satisfactory settlement of the mission troubles at Lam Mo, in southern Hunan.

The action taken by this legation in this case, as well as the steps of the Chinese Government on behalf of the missionaries and the native Christians, were reported to you by the chargé d’affaires of this legation in dispatch No. 2549, of the 19th of June last. Mr. Lingle expresses his entire satisfaction at the redress which has been afforded himself and his converts and at the guarantees for the future peaceful prosecution of his work.

I have, etc.,

Charles Denby.
[Inclosure in No. 2639.]

Mr. Lingle to Mr. Denby.

Sir: I have just returned from the province of Hunan, where we had the trouble in April and concerning which I appealed to you for your valuable assistance in May, and I am happy to report the whole affair as most satisfactorily settled. I acted upon your advice and petitioned the viceroy, Chang Chi-tung, through United States Consul Child at Hankow, going in person to Hankow myself, and through the viceroy’s prompt and decided action the whole case has been most satisfactorily settled. Our chapel and school building have been rebuilt in a very acceptable manner. The houses of the Christians which were partly destroyed have been repaired, and the owners have returned and are peaceably occupying them.

The district magistrate gave me $125, the amount asked to repay the Christians for the loss of household effects. Several of the leaders of the trouble were punished and put in prison for a while, which was even more than I asked.

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A very good proclamation was issued by the district magistrate, informing the people of the peaceable relationship of the United States and China and the rights of Christians in China; also saying that as this was the first offense the punishment had been light, but if the offense was repeated the punishment would be more severe and without mercy. I was entertained and treated most kindly by the magistrate and all the Yamên people. I trust we may have no more opposition to our work in that part of China.

I wish to most sincerely thank you on behalf of the American Presbyterian Mission, the Christians in Hunan, and especially on my own behalf for your invaluable service in presenting the matter to the Tsung-li Yamên and having the provincial officer instructed to settle the difficulty.

May I also ask you, on behalf of the Presbyterian Mission, the Christians in Hunan, and myself, to most sincerely thank the Tsung-li Yamên, the viceroy, Chang Chi-tung, and the provincial officials for their prompt action and most satisfactory settlement of the difficulty.

Again thanking you for your trouble and most valuable assistance, I have, etc.,

W. H. Lingle.