File No. 4277.

The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

No. 247.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 482 of December 18 last,a inclosing a memorandum prepared by Mr. Williams, Chinese secretary of the legation, on the subject of the foreign settlements at the open ports of China, which notes the facts that mark the stages of the movement of the Chinese to narrow the privileges of foreign residents at these ports.

The Government of the United States is determined in its opposition to the abridgment of rights now enjoyed by foreigners in the settlements or concessions already established or to be enjoyed by them in settlements or concessions to be hereafter established.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.