File No. 704.9317/10.

Minister Jefferson to the Secretory of State.

No. 186.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s No. 53, replying to my No. 162 of May 17 last, informing me that the Chinese memorialists are correct in soliciting the assistance of this Legation as pointed out in previous instructions to Minister Coolidge, No. 114, of July 15, 1908. I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of my note to Chinese citizens in Nicaragua in reply to their note to this Legation under date of May 1, 1915.

I have [etc.]

Benjamin L. Jefferson.

Minister Jefferson to certain Chinese residents of Nicaragua.

Gentlemen: Referring to your communication of May 1, last, respecting the exercise of the friendly offices of this Legation to Chinese subjects residing in Nicaragua. In reply I have the honor to inform you that I am in receipt of a communication from my Government directing me to exercise the good offices of this Legation in behalf of the Chinese subjects in this Republic in the event the need of protection to life or property should arise, acting in accordance with a previous arrangement made between the Department of the United States [sic] and his excellency, Mr. Yang Yu, Chinese Minister in Washington, the Government of Nicaragua acquiescing.

Accept [etc.]

Benjamin L. Jefferson.