Mr. Van Valkenburgh to M. Roches.

No. 27.]

My Dear Colleague: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, in which you inform me that you leave Baron Brin as chargé d’affaires ad interim, as well as a copy of the instructions you have been pleased to give him.

While I deeply regret by your departure the sundering of the pleasant official and personal relations which have existed between us while in Japan, I assure you that nothing shall be wanting upon my part to make those relations equally friendly and cordial with the Baron.

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

R. B. VAN VALKENBURGH, Minister Resident of United States.

His Excellency M. Leon Roches, Minister Plenipotentiary, &c., &c., &c.