to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Seôul, Corea, June 17, 1884. (Received August 4.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the United States ship Trenton, Capt. Robert L. Phythian commanding, arrived at the port of Jenchnan on the 31st ultimo, with members of the Corean embassy on board.
Large numbers of the Corean officials went from the capital to meet the returning envoy, Min Yong Ik, who arrived at Seôul on the evening of the 2d instant.
On the following morning he called upon me and expressed his gratification at the great kindness shown him by the Government of the United States, whereby he had been enabled to see the world. He said, “I was born in the dark; I went out into the light, and now I have returned into the dark again; I cannot as yet see my way clearly, but I hope to soon.” Himself and Mr. Hong will become the leaders of the progressive party.
I am, &c.,