Excerpt from The United States and China: An Address Before the Congregational Club of Brooklyn
These gentlemen proceeded to make a treaty with China that practically superseded the Burlingame treaty, and provided that the Government of the United States, when and to such extent as it should think desirable, might enact laws to restrict immigration for a period of ten years. Perhaps it ought to be stated, although it bears an unpleasant significance, that when members of the Chinese Foreign Office, at the beginning of these negotiations, asked what was unsatisfactory in the agreements made by them with Mr. Seward, the answer was given that Mr. Seward had no authority to advance his proposals. We must presume, although it puts some strain upon us, that the member of the Commission who made this re spouse had not taken the trouble to read the in struction given to me by the State Department, that at the moment was on file in the Legation archives.
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