No. 377.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 1677.]

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.

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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.,

JNO. A. BINGHAM.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 1677.—Translation.]

Mr. Inouye to Mr. Bingham.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note dated April 19, 1883, acquainting me that you are in receipt of an instruction from your excellency’s Government inclosing a draft, dated March 21, 1883, on the Treasury of the United States, Washington, D. C, payable to the order of the honorable the Secretary of State of the United States of America, indorsed to your excellency’s order, calling for the sum of $785,000.87, which sum your excellency is instructed to pay to the Imperial Government in fulfillment of the act of Congress of the 22d of February 1883 (a copy of which was found indorsed therein), and your excellency adds that you are prepared to deliver and duly indorse the said draft to the Imperial Government in such manner as I may wish to designate.

Your excellency is pleased, in addition, to express the satisfaction felt by the President that he is enabled by the action of Congress to carry out the desire long entertained by the Government of the United States, and that the President does not doubt the money will be accepted by His Imperial Majesty’s Government as an additional evidence of the friendly interest of the Government of the United States in matters that concern the welfare and progress of the people and Government of Japan.

It is a source of satisfaction to me to be able to assure your excellency in reply, 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, but as a strong manifestation of that spirit of justice and equity which has al ways 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.

In this sense His Imperial Majesty’s Government does not hesitate to accept the money in question, and in accordance with your excelleney’s request that I would designate some person to receive the draft, I beg that you will have the goodness, at your convenience, to indorse it to my order, as His Imperial Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs.

Requesting that your excellency will be pleased to convey to the President of the’ United States the sentiments contained in this communication,

I avail myself, &c.,

INOUYE KAORU,
H. I. J. Minister for Foreign Affairs.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 1667.]

Mr. Bingham to Mr. Inouye.

Sir: Referring to my note No. 1998 of date the 19th instant, which I bad the honor to address to your excellency, acquainting you of the receipt by me of a draft on the, Treasury of the United States, dated March 21, 1883, payable to the order of the Secretary [Page 607]of State of the United States of America, and by him indorsed to my order, which draft calls for the sum of $785,000.87, and which the Secretary of State instructed me to pay to your Government, in fulfillment of an act of Congress of the 22d February, 1883, a copy of which I inclosed with my said No. 1998, I now beg leave, in accordance with the said instructions, and also with your verbal request, to deliver said draft to you with my indorsement thereon to pay the same to your order, as His Imperial Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs.

I will thank you for an early acknowledgment of this and of my previous note, No. 1998, and also of the receipt of the inclosed draft indorsed as aforesaid by me to your order.

I beg leave, &c.,

JOHN A. BINGHAM.
[Inclosure.]

Draft indorsed by Mr. Frelinghuysen and Mr. Bingham as follows:

Pay to the order of John A. Bingham, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America in Japan.

FRED’K T. FRELINGHUYSEN
,
The Secretary of State of the United States of America.

Pay to the order of Inouye Kaoru, His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs.

JOHN A. BINGHAM
,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America in Japan.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 1677.—Translation.]

Mr. Inouye to Mr. Bingham.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of the 23d instant, covering a draft on the Treasury of the United States dated March 21, 1883, payable to the order of the Secretary of State of the United States of America, and by him indorsed to your excellency’s order, and by your excellency indorsed to my order as His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister of foreign affairs. The draft, as you advise me, calls for $785,000.87, which sum your excellency states the honorable the Secretary of State instructed you to pay to His Imperial Majesty’s Government, in fulfillment of the act of Congress approved February 22, 1883.

I avail myself, &c.,

INOUYE KAORU,
His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.