[Handed to the Chinese minister, Mr. Wu, by Acting Secretary Hill, September 11, 1900.]

The United States does not feel called upon to express any opinion at this time as to the sufficiency of Li Hung Chang’s authority, but hopes it will transpire that his credentials are full and authoritative, not only for negotiation, but to enable him without further delay to give assurance that the life and property of Americans will henceforth be respected throughout the Chinese Empire.