No. 369.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.

No. 164.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 151, of date the 19th ultimo, in relation to the revised hunting regulations and protocol submitted to the foreign representatives by the minister for foreign affairs, I have the honor to report that it was finally agreed among the foreign representatives to [Page 780] reply severally to the minister for foreign affairs, substantially to the effect that while the regulations proposed are deemed just and reasonable, the proposed changes in existing treaties as to the tribunal, and penalties in cases arising under the regulations, ought to be submitted to their respective governments for instructions, pending which the further discussion of the question should be postponed.

I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of my note to the minister for foreign affairs upon the subject, dated the 30th ultimo.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 184.]

Mr. Bingham to Mr. Terashima.

No. 115.]

Your Excellency: I have the honor to, acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, of date the 10th instant, inclosing a copy of the revised hunting regulations recently framed by the Japanese government, together with a protocol in relation thereto, which your excellency has submitted for approval to the several foreign representatives.

In concert with the other foreign representatives, having considered your excellency’s dispatch, with its inclosures, I have the honor to inform your excellency that, in common with my colleagues, I regard the provisions of the hunting regulations which your excellency desires to apply to foreigners resident in Japan as just and reasonable; but inasmuch as the protocol proposed by your excellency for my approval provides for certain changes in the existing treaties, I concur with my colleagues in asking your excellency to consent to the postponement of further discussion on the subject until all the foreign representatives shall have made the necessary reference to their respective governments, and shall have received such instructions and powers as may be necessary to enable them to act upon your excellency’s propositions.

I have the honor to be, your excellences obedient servant,