Mr. Hubbard to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio, December 28, 1887. (Received January 21, 1888.)
Sir: Respectfully referring to my dispatch No. 383, in which I had the honor to inclose a copy of a note from the Japanese minister for foreign affairs in reply to my note to him transmitting a copy of your circular instruction of July 9, and accompanying inclosures, with an invitation to His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Government to enter into an arrangement with the United States Government for a mutual abolition or reduction of tonnage dues, etc., on vessels plying between the ports of our respective countries, I now have the honor to submit to the Department of State a copy of a note just received from Count Ito on the same subject.[Page 1939]
The accompanying note is in reply to a communication from me in which I inclosed a copy of your instruction No. 164, expressing regret at the action of the Japanese Government in declining to enter into said arrangement or convention as desired by the United States Government. The reply of Count Ito explains itself, and I only have the honor to respectfully invite your attention to his communication and especially to the closing paragraph of his note.
I have merely acknowledged the receipt of this reply, informing the Japanese Government that I would refer the same and the accompanying inquiry to my Government for its early consideration. I have also assured the minister for foreign affairs that a response thereto would be made, and might be anticipated, in accordance with that spirit of justice and good neighborhood which has always been manifested by our laws as well as by our treaties with all friendly powers.
I have, etc.,