The Acting Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister.

No. 80.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith two copies of an act approved on June 30 last, “creating a United States court for China and prescribing the jurisdiction thereof,” and to advise you that in accordance with this act a United States court for China has been created, consisting of the following officials:

  • Lebbeus R. Wilfley, judge of the court.
  • Frank E. Hinckley, clerk.
  • Arthur Bassett, district attorney.
  • Orvice R. Leonard, marshal.
  • Judge Wilfley is now about to sail for China to put the court into operation.

I request you to advise your Government of this new tribunal for the exercise of jurisdiction over American citizens. It is my hope that the establishment of an American court of this high character, besides being acceptable to the citizens of this country resident in China, will also be regarded by the Chinese Government itself as an indication of the solicitude of the United States for the worthy and impartial exercise of the judicial functions reserved to it under our treaties with China.

I feel confident that the officials of this court may rely upon the cordial assistance of the high authorities of China in the performance of their duties in accordance with the treaties.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.