Mr. Adee to Mr. Sill.

No. 87.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 120, diplomatic series, of the 7th ultimo, in regard to recent political changes in Korea.

Your action in refusing to recognize that Korean independence dates from the 6th of June, 1895, is approved. The position assumed by this Government toward Korea since contracting a treaty with it in 1882 has in no wise been affected by recent events. Korea’s treaty independence since then has been for us an established and accepted fact.

I am, sir, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee, Acting Secretary.