Mr. Pruyn to Mr. Seward

No. 16.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I have received an official notification that the Tycoon, early next month, will visit Kioto for the purpose of meeting the Mikado.

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The visit last year had been without precedent for three hundred years. This second visit is more extraordinary still. It is hoped it will tend to a more cordial understanding between the Mikado and Tycoon, and to a more favorable foreign policy.

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.