[Handed to the Chinese Minister, Mr. Wu, by Acting Secretary Hill, September 12, 1900.]

In reply to the request of Earl Li that instructions be telegraphed to the United States commanders at Tientsin and Pekin to cooperate in affording him protection, if required, on his journey to Pekin, the Government of the United States, so far as its own forces are concerned, will be happy to facilitate in every proper way the journey of Earl Li to Pekin, and will so instruct its commanders.