No. 371.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.

No. 169.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that, in pursuance of an invitation extended to me by His Majesty the Emperor through the minister for foreign affairs, I joined my colleagues at the imperial palace on the 1st instant to tender my congratulations to the Emperor.

My colleagues and myself being duly presented to His Majesty, Sir Harry Parkes, as dean of the diplomatic corps, read to His Majesty, on behalf of himself and colleagues, an address, a copy of which is herewith inclosed, to which His Majesty, as will be seen from the copy of his reply herewith, was pleased to express his thanks and congratulations.

You will observe that the Emperor, in the address of last year as also in the address of this year, expressly named presidents as well as sovereigns as the chief executives of friendly states represented at his court.

It gives me pleasure to note that on this occasion Her Majesty the Empress was present.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 169.]

Address of the foreign representatives to His Majesty the Tenno, on January 1, 1875.

Sire: The foreign representatives accredited to your Majesty’s court, desire to offe to your Majesty their cordial congratulations on the occasion of the New Year. They regard with sincere satisfaction the maintenance by your Majesty of relations of peace and friendship with all foreign powers, and they trust that the year now opening may be distinguished by the advancement and prosperity of your people, and by much personal happiness to your Majesty and your august consort.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 169.—Translation.]

Reply of His Majesty the Tenno to the foreign representatives, January 1, 1875.

I am extremely rejoiced at the expression of sincere congratulation proffered to me by the representatives of friendly states on the occasion of the New Year. I hope that the sovereigns and the presidents of the friendly states will enjoy the New Year in in health and prosperity.

I congratulate you on having entered on a new year in good health.