No. 71.
Mr. Foote to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 33.]

Sir: A noted innovation in the somewhat peculiar customs of this country occurred on the 20th instant, in the presentation of Mrs. Foote to their Majesties the King and Queen and the heir apparent.

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Besides the royal family, only the minister of foreign affairs, who is a relation of the Queen, the court ladies, and the interpreter were present. It was attended with much ceremony, and is the first event of the kind which has occurred in the history of Corea.

I have, &c.,