[By telegraph.]

Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward

No. 71.]

Sir: Government has asked the abandonment of this port, promising trade and friendship at Nagasaki and Hakodadi, and intimating that trade cannot continue at this port.

My colleagues desire this to be communicated to ministers of treaty powers at Washington.

Very respectfully,

ROBERT H. PRUYN, Minister Resident in Japan.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington.