Mr. Hay to Mr. Wu.

No. 221.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note, No. 243, of the 29th instant, presenting some considerations why the bill recently passed by Congress prohibiting and regulating the coming of Chinese persons to the territory of the United States should not become a law, and asking that the note be submitted to the President.

In reply I have the honor to say that a copy of the note has been sent to the President.

The note was received by the Department after the President had signed the bill.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.