File No. 15077/1.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister.

No. 118.]

Sir: With further reference to your note of August 13 last, in which you were so good as to request that the task of protecting Chinese subjects in Chile and Ecuador, which formerly had been intrusted to the British ministers and consuls, should hereafter be intrusted to the representatives of this Government, I have the honor to inform you that the department is to-day in receipt of telegraphic information from the legation at Quito to the effect that the Government of Ecuador consents to the protection by the United States of resident Chinese.

Furthermore, it gives me pleasure to say that the diplomatic and consular representatives of the United States in Ecuador have been fully informed of their duties in this connection.

Accept, etc.,

Robert Bacon.