File No. 774/328–330.

Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.

No. 979.]

Sir: In further confirmation of my telegram of to-day informing you that the Chinese Government has accepted the program of preliminary inquiries of the American delegates to the joint opium commission, I have the honor to inclose herewith copy in translation of the note which I received yesterday from the Prince of Ch’ing infonning me of the said acceptance, and transmitting a copy of the memorial and imperial edict of May 23 last, which lays down the line of investigation to be pursued by the Chinese delegates. This memorial was sent you in my No. 937, of June 8, 1908. I inclose it, however, for convenient reference.

I have, etc.,

W. W. Rockhill.
[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

The Prince of Ch’ing to Minister Rockhill.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s dispatch of July 25, in which inquiry is made as to whether the time, place, and program of the Joint International Opium Convention proposed by the American Government are acceptable to the Chinese Government.

I have the honor to reply in the affirmative. In regard to the scope and method of treatment of the opium investigation, I formerly received your excellency’s dispatch of the 14th of July, in which was detailed the line of investigation which would be followed by the American commissioners. This corresponds closely with the line of investigation arranged by memorial and imperial edict of May 23, 1908. The memorial was made by the boards of the interior and finance jointly, and embodied the rules for the investigation and suppression of the use of opium in 23 articles, which have been sent to all the Provinces to act thereon. The Chinese commissioners appointed to attend the opium convention will carry on their investigation in the general line of these regulations. A copy of these regulations is inclosed herewith in the hope that you will transmit the same to the American Government.