Mr. Hay to Mr. Conger.
Washington, April 22, 1899.
Sir: I inclose herewith translation of a note from the French ambassador at Washington and a copy of my reply1 in relation to the extension of the French concession and the foreign settlement at Shanghai.
In fulfillment of my promise to Mr. Cambon you are instructed to report the situation fully to me, accompanying your report by maps and plans distinctly showing exactly what privileges are sought in behalf of France, or in behalf of the proposed general foreign settlement, with a statement of what American interests, if any, are compromised within the territory which is proposed to be added to the French concession or to the foreign settlement.[Page 147]
You will also notice my statement to Mr. Cambon, that while reserving all rights of equality of treatment for the United States in whatever solution may be eventually arranged, any steps that you may adopt toward reaching such a solution shall be taken in a spirit of mutual consideration, giving to all ascertained foreign interests in the premises the same respect as you shall ask for the interests of the United States.
Consul-General Goodnow is to-day instructed to make a report in the matter to you directly.
I am, etc.,