File No. 774/169–173.

The Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

Sir: The department received in due course, and read with gratification, Mr. Fletcher’s dispatch No. 845, of February 14 last, in which he reported that an agreement had been reached between the Governments of Great Britain and China for the suppression of the opium trade between India and China, this desirable end to be obtained within 10 years.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.