Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward

No. 14.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the ratifications of the treaty with Prussia have been exchanged on board the Prussian corvette Gazelle.

Negotiations were commenced with the envoy of the Swiss confederation immediately on my waiving for that purpose the agreement of the Japanese government to sign my treaty in advance of all others.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

ROBERT H. PRUYN, Minister Resident in Japan.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.