Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.
Tokei, April 21, 1875. (Received May 25.)
Sir: General Horace Capron, a citizen of the United States, having been for some years in the service of His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s government in the capacity of commissioner and adviser of the kaita-kushi, (or agricultural department,) and being about to return to the United States, was invited to audience by the Emperor at the imperial palace on the 10th instant, on which occasion the Emperor addressed the general, expressing the high appreciation by His Majesty of the valuable service rendered by the general, &c., and received from General Capron an appropriate reply. I have the honor to inclose herewith the address made by His Majesty, together with the reply thereto of General Capron. (Inclosure No. 1.)
It is not to be questioned that the work of opening the island of Yesso, so wisely inaugurated under the direction and advice of General Capron, if prosecuted in accordance with the methods adopted under his advice, will greatly promote the material interests of this people, and, in the words of His Majesty, “advance the happiness of the empire.”
I have the honor to also inclose copies of the correspondence between His Excellency Governor Kuroda, the head of the agricultural department of Japan, and General Capron. (Inclosures 2 and 3.)
It is a pleasure to record these acknowledgments of the great and faithful service rendered by an American citizen to this empire.
I am, &c.,