Mr. Van Valkenburgh to Mr. Seward
Sir: In regard to the opening of a harbor on the west coast of Japan, and to the matter stated in reference thereto in my No. 56, under date of October 22d, I have the honor to inform you that, in conjunction with all my colleagues interested therein by virtue of treaty stipulations, viz, those of France, Great Britain and Holland, I have assented to the opening of Ne-egata, together with the harbor of Ebisuminato on the island of Sado. For the reasons mentioned in my No. 69, and at the earnest request of the Japanese government, we have assented to a delay of three months in the opening of that city and harbor, being assured that by that time (April 1, 1868) all the necessary arrangements will be completed both at Ne-egata and Ebisuminato as provided in the agreement concluded November 26th, a copy of which I inclose, marked No. 1. The entire island of Sado is to be opened to foreigners for travel, with residences and storehouses at Ebisuminato, while there is to be no foreign concession or settlement at Ne-egata, but the whole city is open to them for residence and trade. A sufficient steam and lighter service is to be established between and at the two points, which we think will in a great measure remedy the want of sufficient harbor facilities at Ne-egata. A light-house is provided for at the mouth of the river, and sufficient buoys to mark the passage. Bonded warehouses are to be constructed at Ne-egata, and storehouses at Ebisuminato. I think the arrangements proposed by the Japanese government for the opening of these two places very liberal, and have no doubt they will be carried out. I inclose No. 2, copy of a notice I thought best to issue for the information of American citizens. Hoping that my action in this matter will meet the approval of the President and yourself,
I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.