File No. 893.3311/1.

The Chinese Minister to the Secretary of State.

Sir: I am instructed by my Government to inform you that the Chinese cruiser Hai Chi, which is now in England, has been ordered to make a visit to the United States after taking part in the ceremonies connected with the coronation of King George V. This is the first instance of a Chinese public vessel visiting the American shores. I have the honor to inquire if there are special rules and formalities to be observed on such an occasion.

Accept, etc.,

Chang yin tang.