File No. 16576/–2.
Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking, October 8, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copy of a dispatch, together with its inclosure, from the American consul at Nanking, on the subject of two proposed amendments to the regulations for the international settlement of Wuhu, the first reserving to foreign merchants exclusively the land within the settlements, the second restricting the right of foreign owners of subletting to Chinese houses in the settlements, which practice threatens to become, as it has long been at Shanghai, a serious inconvenience to the requirements of legitimate foreign trade.
The note from the British consul at Wuhu to Mr. McNally, which forms the inclosure to his dispatch, sets forth so fully and clearly the importance of the amendments that I need not dilate on it further.
I think that our acceptance of these amendments, if they can be agreed to, is very desirable considering the rights our missionaries have under the provisions of our treaties for the purchase of land outside settlement limits. I have informed our consul at Nanking that I have submitted the question to you and that he should await your instructions before replying to the British consul at Wuhu.
I have, etc.,