Mr. Choate to Mr. Hay.

No. 387.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that on the 23d instant I received your cable instructions of the 22d instant,3 embodying telegrams from Earl Li Hung Chang, received through the Chinese minister in Washington, urging the suspension of hostilities in China and the appointment of an envoy to negotiate. Immediately upon its receipt I addressed a note to Her Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, dated the 23d instant.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

Joseph H. Choate.
  1. Circular telegram printed ante, p. 302.