File No. 4277/4–6.

The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill .

No. 271.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, No. 537, of the 15th ultimo, inclosing a copy of additional correspondence between you and Wai-wu Pu on the subject of the opening of Antung and Mukden to international trade.

Your notes to the Wai-wu Pu are approved by the department.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.