Mr. Seward to Mr. Williams
Sir: Your despatch of the 12th of April last, No. 30, in regard to the desecration of the American cemetery at Tangchau, has been received.
I will thank you to inform me what is the custom of guarding foreign cemeteries in China; whether the government charges itself with the duty, or is it assumed by foreign residents, or their consuls. You may make inquiries, and send me a careful report upon the whole subject.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
S. Wells Williams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.