Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking, December 27, 1905.
Sir: In further reference to the proposal made by the Waiwu Pu for the settlement of the question of the conversion into gold at the rate of exchange of June 30, 1905, of the amounts paid in silver during the first six months of the current year by the Chinese Government on account of the indemnity, and of an adjustment of the rates of exchange fixed by the bankers’ commission at Shanghai and the taot’ai who makes the payments on account of the indemnity (see my No. 134 of October 27, 1905), I have now the honor to inclose copy of an identic note handed me and to the other diplomatic representatives of the powers which signed the final protocol of September 7, 1901, by the Prince of Ch’ing on the 23d instant, together with copy of the collective note we handed him accepting the proposals made by his board.[Page 159]
With this matter disposed of, the negotiations concerning the mode of payment of the indemnity of 1900 are now, it would seem, terminated, and China has fairly successfully defended her interests.
I have, etc.,