Mr. Portman to Mr. Seward

No. 27.]

Sir: It has been officially announced to me that, at an early day, his Majesty the Tycoon will leave Yedo to place himself at the head of the army which is to act against the Prince of Choshu.

In view of the profound peace which has uninterruptedly prevailed in Japan for more than two centuries, the Tycoon’s government declared that they felt disposed to deal leniently with the Prince, and facilitate by every means his return to his allegiance; but his recent proceedings led to the suspicion, that he had met with some support. It was at first believed that Choshu would comply, instead of which his resistance is now more marked than ever. Prompt action, had, therefore, been resolved upon to carry out the sentence by which he is to be shorn of all power hitherto possessed.

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The Tycoon’s government felt confident of the result of this military expedition, and added, that, when their internal difficulties shall have been disposed of, it will be easier faithfully to observe the treaties and cultivate friendly relations with the treaty powers.

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

A. L. C. PORTMAN, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim in Japan.

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