Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 21.]

Sir: Your despatch of July 15 (No. 38) has been received. Left in Yedo without diplomatic associates at that capital, your position will be more critical, and your embarrassments will be increased. It is earnestly hoped, however, that you may pass safely through all dangers, and be able not only to protect the interests of our country, but also to advance the cause of civilization in the Japanese empire.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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