Mr. Denby to Mr. Bayard.
Peking, September 21, 1887. (Received November 11.)
Sir: Adverting to my dispatch No. 453, of date the 15th instant, I have now the honor to inclose copy of reply which I received from the foreign office, wherein you will observe that the Chinese Government find it difficult to accept the invitation of the Government of the United States, for the reasons set forth therein, to cooperate with it in carrying out, upon a reciprocal basis, the act of Congress approved June 19, 1886, having relation to the abolition of tonnage dues and other charges on navigation.
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