The British Ambassador ( Geddes ) to the Secretary of State

No. 917

His Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador presents his compliments to the Secretary of State and, with reference to Mr. Hughes’ communication of April 18th respecting the importation of arms into China, has the honour to inform him, on instructions from his Government, that information has been received that further large supplies of machinery for the Canton arsenal, of which an American citizen was appointed engineer in chief last March, are reaching that town from Manila.

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Sir Auckland Geddes ventures to bring these matters to Mr. Hughes’ attention in the hope that he may feel disposed strongly to urge the competent authorities of the United States Government to make every possible endeavour to enforce the embargo and to prevent any further shipments of arms or military stores into China.