Mr. Hill to Count de Lichtervelde.

No. 243.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 16th instant expressing the gratitude of your Government for the service rendered by United States troops to the legation of Belgium in China.

This Government is gratified that in the discharge of its duty towards the American legation and citizens in Pekin, it has, concurrently with the other powers, been enabled to be of assistance to the officers of a friendly government.

Accept, etc.,

David J. Hill,
Acting Secretary.