Mr. Mutsu to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 29th instant, in which you inform me that the President has approved the suggestion that the fund for the reward of the inhabitants of Tanegashima for their humane treatment of the survivors of the crew of the American bark Cashmere shall be employed for educational purposes in that island; and in which you further advise me that the United States minister at Tokio will be instructed fully to acquaint His Imperial Majesty’s Government with the subject, to the end that steps may be immediately taken for the employment of the funds in the manner indicated.

I have already informed my Government of the disposition which would probably be made of this fund, in accordance with the suggestion of the governor of Kagoshima Ken through the United States consul at Nagasaki; and I feel assured that they will highly appreciate this additional evidence of the desire of the United States to strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutual esteem which happily exist between our countries.

I remain, etc.,

M. Mutsu.