Mr. Hubbard to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio, Japan, September 24, 1887. (Received October 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith, for the information of the Department of State, a copy of a note received from his excellency the minister for foreign affairs, in reply to my note of the 30th ultimo in pursuance of your instruction (circular) dated July 9, 1887.
The Department will observe that in this instanceas in all similar propositions heretoforethe Japanese Government, while earnestly professing a desire to enter into separate reciprocal conventions for mutual considerations of benefit to be received by the high contracting parties through such conventions, yet declare that, under the favored nation clause of the existing treaties, it can not be done by their Government [Page 1938]in the comprehensive sense intended by the invitation of the United States Government, conveyed by your instruction.
The note herewith of the minister for foreign affairs fully explains the status of this Government in response to my note acquainting that minister of the desire of my Government in the premises.
I have, etc.,