Mr. Blaine to Mr. Hubbard.

No. 291.]

Sir: Your interesting dispatch No. 547 of the 14th ultimo, in relation to the promulgation of the new Japanese constitution on the 11th of February last, has been received and the accompanying papers have been filed as part of the history of this memorable event.

The people of the New World, who have ever testified a lively interest in the welfare and progress of Japan, can not but view in this formal adoption of a scheme of constitutional government a bright augury for the future of a country and a people bound to them by so many ties of continued friendship and intimate intercourse. That this measure will secure the liberties and promote the happiness of the Japanese people and tend to secure for their empire the autonomous position which rightfully belongs to it in the concourse of nations can not be doubted.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.