Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney .

No. 2283.]

Sir: In my dispatch No. 2278, of July 1, I inclosed a copy of my proposal to the Tsung-li Yamên to refer the consideration of matters growing out of the Chengtu riots to a commission consisting of certain Chinese officials and an English and American missionary.

I have now the honor to inclose a translation of the answer of the [Page 90] Yamên to that proposal, from which it will be seen that it has been accepted.

The personnel of the commission has been, however, modified to the extent that the Chinese members thereof shall consist of the judge, treasurer, and prefect of Chengtu, retaining an Englishman and an American as members. Possibly Her Britannic Majesty’s consul at Chungking may sit on the commission should it meet at that port.

It is proper to state that should the proceedings before the commission develop the fact that the Viceroy Liu and other local officials failed to do their duty in protecting the foreigners their punishment will be insisted on.

I have, etc.,

Charles Denby
[Inclosure in No. 2283.]

The Tsung-li Yamên to Mr. Denby .

No. 19.]

Upon the 1st of July the prince and ministers had the honor to receive a communication from the minister of the United States, wherein he stated that in the matter of the Chengtu missionary cases he indorsed the proposal of Her Britannic Majesty’s minister, Sir Nicholas O’Conor, relating to the mode of procedure to be adopted in dealing with them, and asked that a commission should be appointed, composed of the new viceroy of Szechuan, the treasurer and judge of the province, with whom should be associated two missionaries, one British and one American, for inquiring into and determining the cases; that Her Britannic Majesty’s consul, Mr. Tratman, at Chungking, would take charge of American interests and choose a suitable person to serve as American commissioner with his British colleagues, and the Yamên was requested to send telegraphic instructions to Chengtu for the Chinese commissioners to hold themselves in readiness for the inquiry, and that Her Britannic Majesty’s consul at Chungking would be notified by wire to nominate an American commissioner who would be requested to proceed to Chengtu immediately, etc.

The Yamên would observe that since the riots took place at Chengtu all the missionaries have left the place, having been escorted to Chungking. The viceroy has telegraphed, ordering the Chuan Tung Taotai to confer with Her Britannic Majesty’s consul and make satisfactory arrangements in this matter.

On the 28th of June the Yamên received a communication from Her Britannic Majesty’s minister, Sir Nicholas O’Conor, in the same sense as the communication under acknowledgment. The Yamên have already wired to the high authorities of Szechuan to appoint proper and suitable deputies to meet the British and American missionaries appointed as commissioners on their arrival at the capital, and to act with them in considering and taking action upon the matters at stake. The said deputies are to report their action for the consideration of the high Chinese authorities, and after they have come to a decision, action will be taken accordingly.

As in duty bound, the prince and ministers send this communication for the information of the minister of the United States.

Necessary communication addressed to His Excellency Charles Denby, etc.