File No. 16576/3.

Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the department’s instruction No. 520 of November 30 last, informing me that our Government is unwilling to accept two proposed amendments to the regulations for the international settlement at Wuhu, one reserving to foreign merchants exclusively the land within the settlements, [Page 124] and the other restricting the right of foreign owners of subletting to Chinese houses in the settlements.

The consul at Nanking has been furnished a copy of this instruction.

I have, etc.

W. W. Rockhill.