Mr. Seward to Mr. Pruyn

No. 35.]

Sir: Your despatch of September 10 (No. 47) has been received. The letter, of which it encloses a translation, received by you from their excellencies the ministers of foreign affairs, communicating the result of the investigations instituted concerning the recent attack at the British legation, and the punishment inflicted upon those judged derelict of duty, has been read with interest by the President, who hopes that the proceedings of the Japanese government, in this painful transaction, may be satisfactory to the British government, and tend to increase the confidence of the representatives of the treaty powers in the disposition of the Japanese authorities to prevent by all the means in their power the repetition of such attacks as that recently made upon the temporary residence of the British envoy.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

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