Chargé Fletcher to the Secretary of State.
Peking, February 7, 1910.
Sir: Referring to my No. 1354 of the 1st instant, on the subject of constitutional reform in China, with which was inclosed a translation of the edict refusing the prayer of the memorial of certain delegates from the provincial assemblies to advance the date of the opening of the Imperial Parliament, I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of the edict, issued on the 3d, in reply to the memorial of the censor, Chao Hsi.
I have, etc.,