Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking , November 24, 1905 .
Sir: Referring to Mr. Conger’s dispatch to the Department No. 1759 of December 8, 1904, in which he acknowledged the receipt of Department instruction No. 838, of September 2, 1904,a with the report inclosed therein of the Acting Director of the Geological Survey-embodying proposed amendments to the Chinese mining regulations, Mr. Conger said that it seemed to him impossible to accomplish anything in the line of having the regulations amended at that time.
After carefully considering the question of securing the revision of the mining regulations issued by the Chinese Government in March, 1904, and ascertaining that my British colleague, under instruction from his government, was pressing the matter, I decided, under the previous instructions of the Department given Mr. Conger, to take the matter up with the Waiwu Pu and to urge upon it a prompt consideration of the question.
I inclose herewith copy of the note which I have addressed to the foreign office on this matter.
I have, etc.,