No. 404.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Bingham.

No. 911.]

Sir: I herewith inclose a dispatch from the chargé d’affaires ad interim of the United States at Seoul, of the 1st ultimo, No. 150, saying that the commander of the Japanese forces in Corea promptly detailed a guard of his troops to protect the United States legation there during a serious conflagration on the night of February 23d last. Mr. Foulk has, it appears, expressed his thanks for and appreciation of this courteous act to the Japanese representative at Seoul. But I desire you to supplement Mr. Foulk’s action by a formal note to the Japanese Government, conveying an expression of the sincere and grateful thanks of the United States for this signal and friendly service.

I am, &c.,