File No. 893.00/1586.

The Ambassador of Great Britain to the Secretary of State.

Dear Mr. Secretary: The question of the recognition of the Chinese Republic has been the subject of careful consideration not only, as I am aware, on the part of the United States Government, but also on the part of the European powers chiefly interested.

Taking into consideration the past history of this question, my Government have desired me to express the hope that the present United States Administration will feel the necessity of concerted action and will continue as in the past to exchange views frankly and unreservedly with them on the question.

I am [etc.]

James Bryce.