Mr. Bingham to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Tokio, May 9, 1883. (Received June 7.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 1671, of date the 20th April ultimo, in relation to the Treasury draft for the payment of the money to His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government, appropriated by the act of Congress approved 22d of February last, on account of the Simonoseki indemnity, I have the honor to further acquaint you that, on the 22d instant, his excellency Mr. Inouye, His Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, addressed a communication to me in reply to my note to him of date the 19th of April last (a copy of which last-named note I had the honor to inclose with my said No. 1671) wherein the minister was pleased among other things to say, that “it is a source of satisfaction to me (him) to be able to assure your excellency in reply (to my note of 19th of April) that His Imperial Majesty’s Government regards the spontaneous return of the money which was paid by the Government of Japan to that of the United States under the convention of October 22, 1864, not only as an additional proof of the friendly disposition of your excellency’s Government towards His Imperial Majesty’s Government, but as a strong manifestation of that spirit of justice and equity which has always animated the United States in their relations with Japan, and it will, I am convinced, tend to perpetuate and strengthen the mutual confidence, and the feeling of cordial good-will and friendship which at present happily subsist between the people of our respective countries.”
The minister, as you will observe in this communication of the 22d ultimo (a copy of which 1 have the honor to inclose herewith), after requesting that I should indorse the Treasury draft to his order as His Imperial Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, adds a request that I would “be pleased to convey to the President of the United States the sentiments contained” in his said communication.
The minister having called on me to thank me in person for my note of the 19th instant before the receipt of the foregoing communication, and having then verbally requested that I should indorse the draft to his order in his official capacity, I did, on the 23d ultimo and before the receipt by me of the inclosed communication of the minister dated the 22d instant, address a note to the minister (a copy of which is inclosed), and transmitted therewith the draft indorsed to his order as His Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs.[Page 606]
To this note his excellency made reply, under date the 26th ultimo (a copy of which is herewith inclosed), wherein the acknowledgment is made of the Treasury draft as dated 2d March, 1883, payable to your order, and indorsed to the order of Mr. Inouye, His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, and stating that “the draft calls for $785,000.87, and is paid to His Imperial Majesty’s Government in fulfillment of the act of Congress approved February 22, 1883.”
Allow me to add that it was fitting that this act of justice and liberality should be approved, as it was, by the President on the anniversary of the nativity of the Father, of our Country.
I have, &c.,