Lord Pauncefote to Mr. Adee.

No. 254.]

Sir: By direction of the Marquis of Salisbury, I have the honor to transmit herewith, for the information of your Government, a copy of a proclamation which was issued by Her Majesty the Queen on the 7th ultimo, prohibiting the exportation of arms and ammunition to China.

I have the honor to be, etc.,


Extract from the London Gazette of Tuesday, August 7, 1900.

By the Queen.


Victoria, R.

Whereas by “The exportation of arms it shall be lawful for Her Majesty by proclamation to prohibit the exportation of all or any of the following articles, namely: Arms, ammunition, military and naval stores, and any article which Her Majesty shall judge capable of being converted into or made useful in increasing the quantity of arms, ammunition, or military or naval stores, to any country or place therein named, whenever Her Majesty shall judge such prohibition to be expedient in order to prevent such arms, ammunition, military or naval stores being used against Her Majesty’s subjects or forces, or against any forces engaged or which may be engaged in military or naval operations in cooperation with Her Majesty’s forces:”

And whereas we, by and with the advice of our privy council, judge it expedient to prohibit the exportation to China of arms and ammunition in order to prevent their being used as in the said act stated:

Now we, by and with the advice aforesaid, do hereby prohibit the exportation to China of arms and ammunition from and after the date hereof.

Given at our court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, this 7th day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred, and in the sixty-fourth year of our reign.

God save the Queen.