The Chinese Minister to the Acting Secretary of State.

Sir: I have the honor to communicate to you the following telegram received this morning from the Waiwu Pu, the foreign office at Peking:

“The Emperor, on receiving the news of Secretary Hay’s death from this office, was deeply affected. You are commanded to offer in His Majesty’s name proper expressions of sympathy.”

Accept, etc.,

Chentung Liang-Cheng.