The Minister in China (Johnson) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received July 24—3 a.m.]
619. Legation’s 617, July 22, 9 a.m. Following from Secretary Smyth, Nanking:
“July 22, noon. As Blunt, British Consul in charge during absence of Ingram, had received instructions similar to those contained in Legation’s July 18, 2 p.m., we called together this morning on the director of the Department of European and American Affairs, Foreign Office and made representations in accordance with those instructions. He stated that he had not seen the Canton regulations in question, but he promised to telegraph Inspector General of Foreign Affairs at Canton, instructing him to investigate and take such action as he could.”
The Department’s 257, July 22, 2 p.m., has been repeated to the Consulates General at Canton and Nanking.