Mr. White to Mr. Hay.


(Mr. White, chargé d’affaires, refers to the Department’s instructions of the 29th,1 and reports that he is advised that the British ambassador at St. Petersburg is instructed to acquaint the Russian foreign office that Her Majesty’s Government have received communications from their officers in the Far East in a somewhat imperfect form, and, without forecasting the course which it will be expedient to pursue in the future, they are of opinion that the time has not yet arrived when it will be expedient to withdraw British forces from Pekin.)

  1. Circular telegram, printed p. 304.