Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward.

No. 18.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that to-day I had an interview with the ministers for foreign affairs, members of the council of state, and other dignitaries, on which occasion I was assured that an early day would be fixed by his Majesty the Tycoon to receive me, for the purpose of presenting my letters of credence.

The cordiality with which I was received induces me to hope that the friendly relations with this government, as established by the gentleman who has so ably and honorably represented the United States, will remain in their present satisfactory condition.

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.