Mr. Adee to Mr. Denby .


Consult with minister of Great Britain and cooperate so far as conducive to security and welfare of United States citizens. Otherwise you will act independently and carefully; abstain from joining in any [Page 103] course or policy which, however important to British interests, does not concern those of the United States. If not already done, make demands covering same points as British demand, especially as to punishment of delinquent high provincial officials. Demand for pecuniary indemnity to be deferred. Appoint consul at Foochow and a naval officer as the only American members of the Kutien investigating committee. Request admiral to detail naval member. Most cordial cooperation between yourself, the admiral, and the members of the commission is indispensable.

Adee, Acting