The Acting Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister.

No. 54.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 50, of the 4th instant, calling attention to the drowning of Ho Choy Yeen, a Chinese subject, at Canton, China, by certain sailors from an American war vessel on September 26 last, and expressing the hope that such action in the matter will be taken by this government as will satisfy the demands of justice.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that the matter will be given immediate attention.

Accept, etc.,

F. B. Loomis.