Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward.

No. 16.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you of my arrival at Kanagawa on the 25th instant. On the following day Mr. Harris had his audience of leave of his Majesty the Tycoon.

The arrangements for my official reception were soon completed, the government placing the steam yacht “Emperor,” presented to them by her royal Majesty’s government, at my disposal, to convey me to this city, where I arrived to-day, and entered upon the discharge of my duties. At the landing place a governor for foreign affairs, with a numerous staff, bade me welcome in the name of his government, and escorted me to the legation.

The ceremonial on this occasion was of marked courtesy, and in every respect to my entire satisfaction.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

ROBERT H. PRUYN, Minister Resident in Japan.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.