to Mr. Bingham.
Washington , March 20, 1874.
Sir: Your dispatches numbered 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, and 50 have been received.
With reference to your No. 44, of the 17th of January last, giving an account of the attempted assassination of Iwakura Tomomi, second prime minister of Japan, by several unknown persons, on the evening of the 14th of that month, I have to state that your course in communicating to Mr. Iwakura your expressions of sympathy for himself and family is approved by this Department.
I am, &c.,