File No. 893.3311/23.

The American Chargé d’Affaires at Peking to the Secretary of State.

No. 342.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy in translation of a note received from the Prince of Ch’ing conveying the thanks of the Chinese Government for the reception accorded the Chinese cruiser Hai Ch’i on the 10th instant.

I have, etc.,

E. T. Williams.

The Prince of Ch’ing to the American Chargé d’Affaires.

F. O. 139.]

Excellency: I am in receipt of a note from the admiralty board stating that Commander Ch’eng has telegraphed that the Chinese cruiser Hai Ch’i sailed from England for America on the 31st of August and arrived at New York on the 10th of September. The cruiser was most cordially received by the American authorities, to the high appreciation of the Chinese officers. The admiralty asks that a note may be sent to the American minister to express its thanks.

The reception given to the Hai Ch’i on this occasion is another proof of the friendly relations existing between the two nations, and I write to express the sincere thanks of my Government, which I ask your excellency to convey to the American Government.

Seal of the Wai-Wu Pu.