The Acting Secretary of State to Chargé Coolidge.

No. 921.]

Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a letter from the American Asiatic Association, of New York City, addressed to the President, and referred by him to this Department,a in which the winters quote, for his consideration, a telegram received by that association from the American Association of China, in which it is stated that the Chinese chambers of commerce, the gentry, and the guilds advise the people of the whole Empire to boycott, after August, all American schools, business, goods, products, and ships unless the exclusion treaty guarantees equitable treatment to travelers, students, and merchants entering the United States.

You will discreetly ascertain and report to the Department what truth there is in the telegram above mentioned.

I am, etc.,

F. B. Loomis.
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