Mr. Goodnow to Mr. Hay.

No. 265.]

Sir: I have to confirm your telegram of June 27:

Consuls may consult with viceroys about measures to preserve peace in their provinces and protection to Americans. Notify consuls.

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I have accordingly wired Consuls McWade, Johnson, Gracey, Wilcox, Lewis, and Fowler and have written Consul Martin, and have informed Consul Martin of my communication with the viceroy at Nankin. I have added “notify Ragsdale” to the wire to Consul Fowler.

I was very pleased to receive your dispatch, as of necessity we have had to have such consultations, acting to the best of our judgments and trusting to receive your approval.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

John Goodnow,