Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.
Tokei, June 22, 1875. (Received July 24.)
Sir: His Majesty the Mikado has been pleased to summon the representatives of the people of Japan by proclamation, which the “Nichi Nichi Shimbun,” native journal, not inaptly designates as the “Mikado’s address to the nation.”
I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of this proclamation as published in the “Japan Weekly Mail,” of date the 19th instant, (inclosure 1.)
You will observe His Majesty declare it to be his wish that the representatives of his subjects should determine upon such measures as may be thought necessary for the welfare of the people and for the advancement of the empire.
It will not escape your notice that this address is in full accord with the decree of His Majesty issued on the 14th of April last, a translation of which I had the honor to transmit in my dispatch No. 219, of date April 20, 1875.
Since writing the foregoing, I have received from Mr. Thompson, interpreter of the legation, a translation made by him of this proclamation and also of the regulations prescribed by His Majesty the Mikado for the government of the gi in, or representatives of the people, as the same appear in the official journal, of date the 18th instant, entitled Nisshin-Shinjishi, or Daily Record, printed and published in Tokei, (inclosure 2.)
I am, &c.,