Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.

No. 382.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the department’s instruction No. 161 of July 11, containing the request of the Rev. Hampden C. Du Bose, of Soochow, that he be introduced to the Chinese foreign office to confer with it with regard to the suppression of the opium traffic.

As the Government of the United States is entirely in sympathy with the movement in which Mr. Du Bose takes a prominent part, I can see no objection to complying with his request and have written to him to that effect.

A report including the present aspects of the opium trade is now being prepared by the Chinese secretary and will be ready soon.

I am, etc.,

W. W. Rockhill.