No. 410.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.

No. 8.]

Sir: On the 14th instant His Majesty the Tenno granted an audience to Mr. C. W. Brooks, an account of which is herewith inclosed.

This manifestation of regard to an American citizen I think it proper to make a matter of record.

I am, &c.,


Speech addressed by His Imperial Majesty the Tenno of Japan, at a special audience given to Charles Walcott Brooks, at his palace, on Tuesday, October 14, 1873.

I am gratified to meet you here for the first time. You have performed your duties faithfully and zealously for many years as consul at San Francisco. You have extended all necessary assistance to my people in the kindest and most watchful manner, doing all things for the best, and I express my entire satisfaction with your conduct, and with the able services you have rendered my embassadors extraordinary to whom you have been attached, and whom you have accompanied around the world in their mission to the various treaty powers.

Answer by Charles Walcott Brooks.

Before returning to America I am gratified to have the opportunity of personally expressing to Your Majesty the deep sense of respect and appreciation with which I [Page 653] have received and enjoyed the commission which it was the pleasure of Your Majesty to confer upon me.

I deem myself fortunate that Your Majesty has deigned to observe the devotion with which I have constantly labored to merit Your Majesty’s high appreciation.

I beg to offer the expression of my acknowledgments for Your Majesty’s gracious allusion to my services, and to hope that Your Majesty will be well persuaded that the remembrance of this occasion will always be precious to me. May Your Majesty’s reign he long, peaceful, and happy.

After the audience the Emperor presented his full-length portrait in a frame to Mr. Brooks.