No. 403.

Mr. Bingham to Mr. Bayard .

No. 2047.]

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.,

JNO. A. BINGHAM.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 2047]

Mr. Bingham to Count Inouye Kaoru .

Sir: Having been verbally notified on the 20th of December last by your excellency, through your secretary, Mr. Stevens, that his Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government desired, in token of their friendship for the United States, to make a gift in perpetuity to the United States of America of 5 acres or more of land for legation purposes, in the central part of this city and near to the new imperial palace now being erected, I now beg leave to acquaint you that, on the 22d of December last, I telegraphed, as suggested, to my Government this kind and generous proposition of His Majesty’s Government, and also communicated the same to our Government by written dispatch of that date, and that in reply thereto I received, on the 13th of January, 1885, from my Government a telegraphic instruction, dated January 12 last, stating that this proposition had been, or would be, “submitted to Congress by the President with a recommendation that it be accepted, &c,” of which I verbally apprised you. I now have the pleasure to inform you that by the last mail I received a copy of the National Republican, dated the 6th ultimo, in which is published a notice of the President’s message on this subject (a copy of which notice is herewith inclosed), wherein it appears that the President, by a message to Congress on the 5th ultimo, earnestly recommended that the Executive “be immediately authorized to accept the proposed gift in the name of the United States, and to tender to his Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government a suitable expression of the United States Government’s thanks for the generosity which prompted the proffer so kindly made.”

I am not yet advised of any action taken by Congress upon the President’s recommendation, but hope and believe that if the action asked for by the President has not yet been taken it will be taken in the near future, and therefore hope it may be the pleasure of his Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government to acquaint me, through your excellency, that this generous proffer of land for a United States legation still remains to be acted upon by the Congress and to be accepted by the Government of the United States.

I avail myself, &c.,

JNO. A. BINGHAM.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 2047.]

Mr. Bingham to Count Inouye Kaoru .

Sir: On the 26th ultimo I had the honor to address to your excellency a note inclosing a newspaper notice of the President’s communication to the Congress of the United States in relation to the generous offer made by you, through me, to give in perpetuity to my Government a piece of land in Tokio for legation purposes. Having [Page 562] now received an official communication on the subject, inclosing the full text of the President’s message to the Congress, dated the 5th of February last and also the official letter of the honorable Secretary of State to the President on the same subject, I beg to inclose herewith, for your excellency’s information, a copy of said papers, as published in Executive Document No. 187 of second session of the Forty-eighth Congress of the United States.

It gives me pleasure to invite your attention to the words of the President expressive of his high appreciation of the generous proposition of his Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government.

Accept, &c.,

JNO. A. BINGHAM.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 2047.—Translation.]

Count Inouye Kaoru to Mr. Bingham .

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s two communications, dated respectively the 28th ultimo and the 2lst instant, and having relation to the verbal intimation which I caused to be given to you, that his Imperial Majesty’s Government were disposed to offer to the United States Government a lot of land to be used for legation purposes; and also having relation to the request which I instructed my private secretary to make on the same occasion, that your excellency would do me the favor to ascertain whether such a proffer as that indicated, if formally made on behalf of his Imperial Majesty’s Government, would be accepted by the Government of the United States.

Your excellency now informs me that the proposition in question was submitted to the Congress of the United States by the President on the 5th February last, with the recommendation “that the Executive be immediately authorized to accept the gift in the name of the United States, and tender to His Majesty’s Government a suitable expression of this Government’s thanks for the generosity which prompted the presentation of so desirable a site of ground.” Although your excellency is not yet advised of any action taken by the Congress with reference to the President’s recommendation, you express the hope and belief that such action, if not already accomplished, will be taken in the near future. Noting with pleasure the kind expressions employed by the President and the honorable the Secretary of State in regard to the motives which have actuated his Imperial Majesty’s Government in expressing their desire to pursue the course indicated, I beg to assure your excellency that my Government still entertain that desire and are prepared, upon receiving an intimation from your excellency 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 for legation purposes.

I avail myself, &c.,

Count INOUYE KAORU.