Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts.
Tokei, Japan, February 7, 1881. (Received March 8.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 1226, in which I had the honor to acquaint [Page 690]you that in accordance with instruction No. 535 I had on the 11th of December last ordered and decreed the amendment, as therein stated, of section 22 of title “Criminal Proceedings” of the “Regulations for the consular courts of the United States of America in Japan,” issued November 16, 1870, I now beg leave to inform you that having submitted said order and decree of amendment to the several consular officers of the United States in Japan, the same has been returned to me by them, indorsed approved and assented to by the said officers severally.
After the receipt of the approval by our consular officers in Japan of said order and decree of amendment, I did on the 28th ultimo cause the same to be published, with my signature and the signatures and opinions and the assent thereto of my advisers indorsed thereon, in the Japan Daily and Weekly Mail, a journal issued in Yokohama, a copy of which publication is herewith, in duplicate, together with a copy of my order that said amendment should take effect and be in force from and after the 2d instant, of which notice and publication I have duly acquainted our several consular officers in this empire.
In thus ordering and decreeing this amendment and giving thereto the force of law until the same shall be amended or modified by act of Congress, I conformed to your instructions and to sections 4117 and 4118 United States Revised Statutes, 1878, page 792.
Hoping that my action as herein stated may meet your approval,
I have &c.,