File No. 774/250C.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Reid. 1

[Telegram.—Paraphrase.]

(Mr. Bacon, referring to department’s telegrams of May 7, June 20, and 11th instant, states that the department would be gratified to learn whether the time and place of meeting of the opium commission named by the United States are agreeable to Great Britain, and directs Mr. Reid to report the names and rank of the commissioners whom the foreign office proposes to appoint, and what action, if any, particularly with reference to the scope and method of treatment of investigation, will be made before the general meeting in Shanghai.)

  1. Repeated to France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, and China.