to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Séoul, May 25, 1883. (Received July 16.)
Sir: After the exchange of ratifications, I called upon the minister of foreign relations and asked him at what time His Majesty would be pleased to receive me. He replied that he would learn the pleasure of His Majesty and inform me. I then placed in his hands a copy of the letter of His Excellency the President of the United States to the King, as also a copy of the remarks which I proposed to make upon the occasion of my presentation. On the following morning I was notified that His Majesty would grant me an audience at 12 m. At the appointed hour I was conducted to the palace and formally presented, when I placed in the hands of the King the letter of His Excellency the President, my letter of credence, and delivered the customary address, a copy of which I herewith inclose.
His Majesty replied in fitting terms, and I transmit a translation of the same.
The presence of the King was pleasing, and his manner most gracious, and I am informed that he manifests special interest in the treaty made with the United States, and that he has awaited its ratification with much anxiety.
I have, &c.,