Mr. Harris to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith (No. 1) copy and translation of a letter from the Japanese ministers for foreign affairs, informing me of the detection and death of two more of the persons who were engaged in the attack on the English legation in this city on the night of July 5, and further stating that the most active measures are being pursued to secure the arrest of the remainder of the band—five in number—who are still at large.
I also enclose herewith (No. 2) translation of a declaration, which was signed by the whole of the desperadoes before making the attack.
I learn, from reports, that Mr. Alcock, the British minister, has at last come to the conclusion that the Japanese government had no part whatever in encouraging or inciting the attack in question; and that he is now convinced that they are acting in good faith and are doing all in their power to insure the safety of the foreign residents.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. Wm. H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.