Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 13.]

Sir: Your despatches Nos. 16 to 21, inclusive, and those of your predecessor, numbered 13, 14, and 15, and one without number dated May 6, have been received.

The account you give of your flattering reception, as the successor of Mr. Harris, is very gratifying, and tends to confirm the impression that the friendly relations between the government of Japan and that of the United States are in no danger of being disturbed.

I enclose herewith a sealed communication addressed to their excellencies the ministers for foreign affairs of the empire of Japan, a transcript of which, for your information, is also herewith transmitted. The original you will deliver in such manner as you may deem most proper.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Robert H. Pruyn, Esq., &c., Yedo.