to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Seôul, Corea , June 19, 1884. (Received August 4.)
Sir: On the 3d instant I received a letter from the president of the Corean foreign office, a copy of which is herewith inclosed, inviting the captain and other officers of the United States ship Trenton to visit the capital as the guests of the Government, a house having already been prepared for this purpose. I at once dispatched a messenger to the ship with the invitation, and on the 7th instant Capt. E. L. Phythian, Dr. E. S. Bogert, Chaplain W. O. Holway, Chief Engineer J. Trilley, Lieut. Asa Walker, Lieut. A. G. Berry, Engineer J. L. D. Borthwick, Lieut. C. G. Calkins, Dr. H. B. Scott, Ensign P. W. Hourigan, and Naval Cadet W. J. Wilson arrived. Every attention was shown to them en route, an escort and sedan chairs provided, and an official of rank directed to accompany them. On the 9th they visited the foreign office, and on the 12th, in compliance with the wishes of the King, they were presented at court. Upon that occasion His Majesty took the opportunity again to express his appreciation of the great kindness shown by the Government of the United States to his envoys. The attentions, both public and private, shown to the officers of the Trenton were marked and significant.
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