Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.
Peking, China, December 24, 1900.
Sir: I have the honor to confirm on the overleaf my telegram of to-day, and to say that at 10 o’clock this morning the representatives of the foreign powers met in formal session at the Spanish legation with Prince Ching, who came with his secretaries and interpreters. Li Hung-chang, who has for some days been suffering with a severe cold, was not able to be present.
The joint note heretofore telegraphed to you, and of which a copy was transmitted in my dispatch No. 482, of the 23d instant, was handed to Prince Ching by the Spanish minister, who read the brief remarks, copy of which I inclose. Prince Ching briefly responded in the few words, copy of which I also inclose. Prince Ching then delivered to each minister the full powers of himself and Li Hung-chang, which appear to be in proper form, duly signed with the Imperial seal. The sufficiency of the powers will be determined at the net meeting. I inclose a translation of them herewith. I also transmit herewith translations of the note of the Spanish minister of the 23d, inviting the Chinese plenipotentiaries to meet with us, and Prince Ching’s reply.
I have, etc.,