File No. 8602/11–15.
Chargé Fletcher to the Secretary of State.
Peking , April 7, 1908 .
Sir: In continuation of my No. 801 of December 26, 1907, and in reply to the department’s instruction No. 410 of February 12, 1908, I have the honor to inclose copies of two notes which I have addressed to the Wai-wu Pu on the subject of the collection of taxes on American goods in addition to those prescribed by treaty at several places in China. I also inclose the replies of the foreign office to show the department the manner in which these questions are dealt with and the difficulty of making satisfactory progress. It is true that latterly some of the larger questions have been expedited by the presence of Yuan Shih-k’ai in the Wai-wu Pu, but routine business is still transacted in the unsatisfactory manner reported in my No. 794 of December 14 last.
The matter of the collection of likin duties within the harbor limits of Shanghai having been referred to the diplomatic corps by the consular body, I have the honor to inclose copy of the note of the dean to the Wai-wu Pu in relation thereto.
I have, etc.,