Mr. Foulk to Mr. Bayard .
Seoul, Corea , July 26, 1885. (Received September 11.)
Sir: I have this day received a communication from the president of the office for foreign affairs of Corea, informing me that in view of the recent withdrawal of the Chinese and Japanese troops from Corea, the Corean Government would at once station a guard of ten Corean soldiers at each of the foreign legations. In case of serious disturbances in the city, or whenever it shall become necessary, an additional force of forty men may be immediately summoned to each legation.
These soldiers are to act as gate guards, and do general police duty about the legation. I inclose herewith a translation of a memorandum of rules to be observed by the soldiers, &c.
A formal application for protection of their legations was made by the German, English, and Chinese representatives. Though I was invited to do this, I declined. For some time past, by the direction of His Majesty, a number of soldiers have been stationed near this legation for its protection; furthermore I deemed it best that, if necessary, the protection should be given voluntarily by the Corean Government.
In reply to the communication of the president of the foreign office, I have thanked him on behalf of our Government for the steps taken for the protection of the legation, as having voluntarily come from his Government.
I am, &c.,
Ensign, U. S. Navy, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.