Mr. Vignaud to Mr. Hay.

No. 708.]

Sir: The minister of foreign affairs did not fail to acknowledge with thanks the information given to him from time to time under your telegraphic instructions concerning the affairs of China. Under date of the 27th instant he sends, in his turn, copy of a telegram received by the President of the French Republic from the Emperor of China, which is herewith inclosed with a translation of the same. In transmitting this document Mr. Delcassé simply remarks that it is worded in terms almost identical to the one received by our President.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

Henry Vignaud,
Chargé d’Affaires.
[Inclosure—Translation.—Telegram received the 20th July from totai of Shanghai by the Chinese minister at Paris.]

Imperial letter addressed to Franee and transmitted by cable by the governor of Shantung the 23d day of the Chinese moon (19th of July, 1900).

His Majesty the Emperor of China to His Excellency the President of the French Republic, greeting:

China has been bound in friendship for many years with your honorable country. All the affairs concerning the frontiers of Kuang Si and of the Yunnan have been discussed and are on the way to a satisfactory settlement. There are no grievances between us. Recently the population and the Christians becoming hostile to one another, certain rebels among the population have profited by the occasion to give themselves up to depredations; whence it has resulted that foreign nations have suspected that the Court has given proof of its sympathy for the people and its jealousy toward the Christians. Since, the attack upon and the capture of the Taku forts have taken place; after which military action and misfortunes have succeeded, rendering the situation still more complicated and serious. Since we consider that in the international relations of China your honorable nation has the most cordial bearing toward China, and that since China is to-day so pressed by circumstances as to be at the point of calling down upon herself the anger of the whole world, it could not be otherwise than that we should count upon your honorable country alone to arrange the difficulties and to unravel complications. We lay bare to you our most private sentiments, and with absolute frankness we address you this letter in the sole hope that you will find means, Mr. President of the Republic, to arrange things, and that you will take the initiative to change the actual situation. We pray you at the same time to have the kindness to address to us a kindly reply, which reply it is impossible that we should not await with the most extreme anxiety.

We pray you to transmit the proceeding in obedience to the Imperial decree, and to reply to me by cable.