Mr. Hay to Mr. Wu.

No. 202.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 7th instant, forwarding a petition from the Chinese Merchants’ Association of California, and to inform you that, in compliance with the request which you make, I have communicated copies of your note and its inclosures to the Committee on Immigration of the Senate and to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, for their consideration in connection with the bill to prohibit the coming into and to regulate the residence within the United States, its Territories, and all possessions and all territory under its jurisdiction, and the District of Columbia, of Chinese persons and persons of Chinese descent.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.