The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

No. 194.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, No. 375, of the 15th ultimo, inclosing a note from the foreign office, accompanying supplementary regulations for the Shanghai mixed court proposed by the Chinese Government, and the reply of the diplomatic corps transmitting a counter draft.

The counter draft of the rules for the Shanghai mixed court, submitted with your dispatch, is approved by the department, which hopes that they may soon meet the acceptance of the Chinese Government, so that a difficult question of long standing may thus be disposed of.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.