Mr. Wu Ting-fang to Mr. Hay.

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your personal note of the 18th instant, stating that the Government of the United States still holds the same position and intentions as are set forth in the Department circular of the 3d of July in favor of the territorial and administrative integrity of China, and also your personal note of the 19th instant, inclosing a copy of the above-mentioned circular. I shall take great pleasure in forwarding the gratifying information to Grand Secretary Li Hung Chang, on whose behalf I made the inquiry.

Thanking you for giving me this valued assurance of the United States Government, I am, etc.,

Wu Ting-fang.