Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward

No. 35.]

Sir: The Japanese government now send to this legation, four times each week, eight of their officers to be instructed in speaking the English language, pursuant to the arrangement stated in my despatch No. 25. In this number are included the two interpreters, next in rank to Morzama, the interpreter in chief, now with the embassy in Europe.

I cannot but regard this familiar intercourse with officials, through whom all foreign intercourse is and will be conducted, as highly calculated to insure a continuance of the good feeling now happily existing.

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.