Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.

No. 1051.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm my telegrama of the 18th instant, announcing the agreement to return to the Chinese authorities the city of Tientsin, and your congratulatory messagea to me of the same date.

For the latter I thank you sincerely. It is, however, well known here by the representatives of the powers, and by the Chinese Government, that it is solely to your successful efforts with the Governments at London, Berlin, and Paris, that the severe conditions were modified and the early surrender of the city made possible. The Chinese are very grateful for your help in this connection, and bid me so inform you.

I inclose herewith copies of note from Prince Ch’ing, informing me [Page 201] that the modified conditions have been accepted, and my reply thereto. Copy of the conditions were sent you in my dispatch, No. 1046, of the 15th instant.

I have etc.,

E. H. Conger.
[Inclosure 1.]

Prince Chi’ng to Mr. Conger.

F. O., No. 396.]

On the 10th of the sixth moon, twenty-eighth year of Kuang-hsu (July 14, 1902), I received a dispatch from certain ministers of the treaty powers, stating that in regard to the transfer of the city of Tientsin and the country adjacent to the jurisdiction of the viceroy of Chihli, these foreign ministers were agreed (of the same opinion). They also had had the honor of receiving the sanction of their respective governments for the abrogation of the provisional government, provided only that the Chinese Government should, first of all, distinctly consent to the conditions proposed, when they, on their part, would promise that in four weeks from the day on which consent was given, the provisional government of Tientsin should be abrogated. They therefore request that it be clearly pointed out to whom, when the time arrives, and into whose hands the provisional government should transfer Tientsin city and the country adjacent.

I have carefully perused the dispatch with regard to the point that military posts should be established along the highway or line of communication from Pekin to the sea, with powers to control and punish, the distance to extend as far as two English miles on each side of the railroad.

I would remark that according to the doyen, His Excellency Cologan’s dispatch of the sixth moon, twenty-seventh year of Kuang-hsu (July, 1901), military control would only refer to offenses against the railroad, the telegraph lines, or against the allies or their property.

As to the remaining articles I have no objection to make.

On the 13th of the current moon (July 17) I memorialized the Throne on the subject and had the honor of receiving the sanction of the Throne by imperial decree.

Whereupon, I at once sent replies to the ministers of the treaty powers, in order that they might transmit the same to the provisional government of Tientsin, that the provisional government be abolished within four weeks, and the city of Tientsin and its adjacent country be returned to Chinese administration and handed over to the superintendent of the northern ports, who, at the head of the local officials, civil and military, will be there to receive it.

Hereafter, whenever there is need for consultation, the foreign civil and military authorities can, from time to time, consult with his excellency the superintendent of northern ports, which, I hope, will be for the good of the place.

I sincerely appreciate and can not but express my gratitude to your excellency for the just and friendly way in which you have helped us to obtain the confidence of other nationalities in this matter.

As in duty bound I send this for your excellency’s information.

A necessary dispatch.

[Inclosure 2.]

Mr. Conger to Prince Chi’ng.

F. O., No. 407.]

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Highness’s note of July 18, informing me that the ministers having representatives on the provisional government of Tientsin had proposed to return the city to the Chinese authorities in one month upon conditions which the Chinese Government had accepted.

I congratulate Your Highness upon the happy termination of this matter, and am pleased that the efforts of the-honorable Secretary of State of the United States with the European Governments have contributed so materially to bringing it about.

I beg to avail, etc.,

E. H. Conger.
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