File No. 8602/11–15.

The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Fletcher’s dispatch No. 898, of the 7th ultimo, in further relation to the imposition of taxes or duties on American goods by inland Chinese authorities in addition to those prescribed by treaty.

Mr. Fletcher’s two notes of March 30, 1908, upon this subject, addressed to the Wai-wu Pu, are approved by the Department.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.