Mr. Bingham to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio, Japan, April 27, 1885. (Received May 25.)
Sir: Referring to instruction No. 887, dated February 11 last, and also to its inclosure, in relation to the action taken by the President touching the offer of this Government of a gift of land to the United [Page 561] States for legation purposes, I beg leave to inclose herewith copies of two notes addressed by me to his excellency Count Inouye Kaoru, his Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, wherein I apprised him of the President’s action in the premises.
I have the honor to also inclose a translated copy of the reply, under date the 25th instant, which Count Inouye has been pleased to make to my two notes, in which, among other things, the minister says that His Majesty’s Government “still entertain the desire” to make the gift of land heretofore proposed, and are prepared “upon receiving an intimation that the Government of the United States will accept the offer, to formally proffer to the United States a suitable lot of land in this city (Tokio) for legation purposes.”
Respectfully submitted for your consideration.
I have, &c.,