File No. 4277/1–3.
Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking,January 9, 1907.
Sir: In continuation of my numbers 332,a 352,b and 482,c of June 26, July 16, and December 18, respectively, in reference to the selection [Page 219] of suitable localities to be set apart for international use and occupation at Mukden and Antung, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of Mr. Coolidge’s instructions to the consul-general at Mukden, of November 5, in which he expresses the readiness of the legation to take up again the question of the establishment of settlements at the above ports, which, as reported to you in my No. 352, had been temporarily dropped.
I also have the honor to inclose a copy of my No. 1054, of the 8th instant, to the consul-general at Mukden, the inclosures to which were forwarded to the department in my No. 483, of December 16 last.a
I have requested Mr. Straight to close for the time being the discussion of the question, which will now be taken up by the legation with the Wai-wu Pu.
I have, etc.,