File No. 1012/7–8.

The Secretary of State to Chargé Sands.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 42, of the 6th instant, transmitting a letter, or petition, addressed to the minister of China to the United States by several Chinese merchants in Guatemala, on the subject of the recent application of the exclusion laws of that country to persons of the Chinese race.

In reply I have to inform you that the letter has been forwarded to the Chinese chargé d’affaires ad interim at this capital.

I am, etc.,

E. Root.