Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 32.]

Sir: Your despatch of November 20 has been received. The President is gratified with your success in effecting an arrangement with the Japanese government for the reciprocation of national, military, and naval courtesies, and the satisfaction is heightened by the circumstance that the arrangement has been extended to and embraced by the representatives of the other treaty powers residing in Japan.

The Secretary of the Navy has been informed of the arrangement, and also of your desire that the Wyoming may be ordered to return to Japan in the spring.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


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