Mr. Foster to Mr. Coombs.
Washington, November 9, 1892.
Sir: In connection with the Department’s instruction No. 32, of September 27, 1892, I inclose for your information, and to complete the record of the case, a copy of a letter of the 4th instant, from Messrs. Henry Hastings & Co., of Boston, with its accompaniment, in relation to the wreck of the ship North American, and the high regard in which they hold the acts of the brave and generous Japanese rescuers.
I have explained to Messrs. Hastings & Co. the nature of your dispatch upon the subject and of the action of the Department in placing to your credit the sum of $350, to be handed to the Japanese Government for the benefit of the villagers, and of the further desire of the President to present to those of the villagers most conspicuous in the noble and perilous rescue, when their names shall have been obtained, a silver medal suitably engraved.
I am, etc.,