The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

No. 144.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 254, of March 9 last, reporting that on the 5th of that month the foreign representatives concerned in the revision of the rules of the mixed court of Shanghai sent a joint note in reply to the note of December 4, 1905, from Prince Ch’ing, presenting the Chinese counter amendments, and that the joint note was accompanied by a new draft (a copy of which accompanies your dispatch), made after consideration of the Chinese counter amendments.

In reply I have to say that the new draft of the rules made by the diplomatic body, after consideration of the Chinese cojmter amendments, commends itself to the department, and it is hoped that the Chinese Government will accede thereto.

I am, sir, etc.,

Robert Bacon,