Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.
Yokohama , October 7, 1873. (Received Nov. 4.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I was this day admitted to audience, in his imperial palace, by His Majesty the Tenno of Japan, accompanied by Mr. De Long, whose personal kindness toward me I take this occasion to acknowledge. Mr. De Long made a farewell address to His Majesty, to which His Majesty responded. After which Mr. De Long introduced me to His Majesty whom I addressed, and who responded in the kindest terms. After I had delivered to him my sealed letter of credence, His Majesty received me, I am gratified to say, without throne or other symbol of imperial power, thereby recognizing, as I trust, the equality of all men before the law.
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Appended hereto are copies of my address to His Majesty and of his reply.
I am, &c.,