Mr. Porter to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Porter states that in conversation to-day the minister for foreign affairs, reiterating in substance what is communicated in Mr. Porter’s telegram of the 5th, says that he has instructed the French minister and military commander in China to consult the representatives of the other powers there in an endeavor to bring about a concert of action in retiring from Pekin and to negotiate with such as agree to retire with the view of withdrawing to Tientsin or some other eligible point as early as possible and in such manner as may be found most practicable. The minister informs Mr. Porter he is anxious that peace negotiations should begin as soon as possible.)