Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking , September 1, 1905 .
Sir: In continuation of my dispatch No. 77 of the 29th ultimo, I inclose herewith a translation of an imperial edict published yesterday, condemning boycotting of American goods and enjoining on the viceroys and governors the duty of taking effective action to stop it and prevent further agitation.
I think the edict will produce very favorable effects and will force the various provincial authorities to take stronger action than heretofore [Page 225] for the suppression of the agitation, which has shown signs of waning for the last ten days, as you will have noted by my recent dispatches on the subject.
I have, etc.,