Count de Lichtervelde to Mr. Hay.


Mr. Secretary of State: The minister of Belgium in China and the personnel of the legation have been rescued, thanks to the cooperation of the American expeditionary corps which participated in the campaign entered into for the release of the missions confined in Pekin.

The Government of my august sovereign the King received the tidings of this release with joy, and I felicitate myself upon being charged by the minister of foreign affairs to express to the Government our gratitude for the service rendered to our legation.

I eagerly embrace the opportunity, etc.,