Chargé Coolidge to the Secretary of State.

No. 1873.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 884, of February 28, informing me that the project regarding the Whangpu conservancy, prepared by the representatives of the powers at Peking signatories of the final protocol, is acceptable to the American Government.

This notification has been communicated to the representatives of the other powers concerned through the customary channels. The governments which have not yet signified their assent to the proposal are those of Austria-Hungary, Japan, Russia, and Spain.

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A slight change has been suggested by the French minister, who desired the substitution of the term “accord” for “convention” in Articles II and XII. This matter has not yet been discussed.

I have, etc.,

John Gardner Coolidge.