Mr. Hay to Mr. Wu.

No. 80.]

Sir: Referring to your note of the 21st ultimo, and to mine in reply of the 11th instant, in relation to the detention at New Orleans of Mr. Lei Yok, a Chinese merchant, by the United States custom authorities there, pursuant to the provisions of the Chinese exclusion acts and the Treasury instruction based on the opinion of the Acting Attorney-General of August 21, 1898, I have the honor to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter, dated the 19th instant, from the Attorney-General in acknowledgment of one from this Department, sending him for his information a copy of the correspondence in the case.

In his letter the Attorney-General says he finds no ground to reopen the question in the case.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.