Mr. Bingham to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Tokio, April 30, 1883. (Received May 24.)
Sir: In accordance with your instruction No. 725, dated March 21 last, which reached me yesterday, together with the inclosures therein mentioned, and especially the draft on the Treasury of the United States for the sum of $785,000.87, payable to your order, and by you indorsed to my order, I have officially addressed to his excellency Mr. Inouye, His Imperial Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, a note dated the 19th instant (a copy of which is inclosed herewith), acquainting him of the receipt of the draft and of my desire to deliver it in person and to indorse it to such officer of His Majesty’s Government as he may name. You will please observe that I have fully set forth in my note to Mr. Inouye the object of the payment of this sum to his Government, and have also expressed the President’s satisfaction in being enabled by the act of Congress to refund this money heretofore paid by Japan to our Government in pursuance of the stipulations of the Simonoseki indemnity convention of 1864.
I have not yet received any official reply from Mr. Inouye. I called at his house and office yesterday with the draft, but he was not at home. He has to-day sent his messenger to explain his absence and to assure me of his desire to respond to my dispatch. I would await his reply, but as the mail for America is expected to close to-morrow, I think it my duty to prepare and make this report at once. I have no doubt the draft will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged by this Government.
I have, &c.,