Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 20.]

Sir: Your despatch of June 21 (No. 25) has been received. Your acceptance of Japanese pupils at the legation, for the purpose of instructing them in the English language, in compliance with the request of the imperial [Page 1053] government, is an act of great and discerning liberality. It may reasonably be expected that, besides promoting immediately the convenience of diplomatic intercourse, it may have ulterior results beneficial to both countries. The loyal and patriotic spirit manifested on the occasion by the young gentlemen attached to the legation is worthy of especial praise.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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