Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the satisfaction to transmit herewith, No. 1, a convention for the reduction of duties, concluded with the Japanese government. The form has been changed, as it was desired to avoid the necessity of exchange of ratifications, instead of which the ministers are to send me a letter forthwith formally sanctioning the action of their plenipotentiary, of which they have already informally approved.
Agreements as to future negotiations for bonded warehouse system are yet to be signed; also in reference to Osacca and other incidental points.
I will send original Japanese and Dutch versions, certified, by way of California, or by first good private opportunity.
Meanwhile I should be pleased to receive from the Treasury Department any printed rules in its possession for regulation of bonded warehouses.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.