Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 19.]

Sir: Your very interesting despatch of May 26 (No. 22) has been received. It is to be hoped that the change in the department of foreign affairs which has been made by his Majesty will be followed by no departure from the enlightened policy towards the Western Powers which was pursued while Ando Tsusima No Kami was connected with that department.

The President learns with sincere pleasure that your relations with the government are cordial and satisfactory.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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