File No. 1012/7–8.

Chargé Sands to the Secretary of State.

No. 42.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit a letter or petition addressed by several Chinese merchants in good standing in this community to the [Page 594] Chinese minister to the United States on the subject of the recent rigorous application of the exclusion laws of this Republic to the Chinese race.

I shall report fully to the department upon this subject by the next mail.

The action taken by the Chinese in this matter has been by my advice.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Sands.