Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts
Tokei , January 12, 1878. (Received February 8.)
Sir: His Majesty the Emperor, as is the custom, invited the foreign representatives to audience at the imperial palace on the first day of the year, for the purpose of exchanging congratulations.
On this occasion, as on a former one, Her Majesty the Empress was also present, which I before noted, and now again note, as an evidence of the advancing civilization of this empire, in which, through twenty-six centuries preceding the present reign, no such consideration was shown to woman in her character of wife or mother.
I have the honor to inclose herewith copies, in English, of the address made on that occasion by the foreign representatives to His Majesty, and His Majesty’s reply thereto.
I have, &c.,