File No. 803/11–12.

The Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister.

My Dear Mr. Minister: In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 25th ultimo, wherein you suggested that the diplomatic and consular representatives of the United States should be instructed to recognize and visé the certificates properly issued by the Chinese officials referred to in your note of January 21, I beg to inform you that the list of Chinese officials so designated has been duly forwarded to the American diplomatic and consular officers for their information.

I am, etc.

Elihu Root.