Mr. Allen to Mr. Hay.
Seoul, Korea , November 17, 1899 .
Sir: Referring to Mr. Adee’s dispatch No. 136, September 12, relative to the opening of the port of Peng Yang to foreign trade, I have the honor to inform you that the Korean Government has failed to carry out its written agreement to fulfill that undertaking, and, having exhausted all reasonable measures in attempting to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion, the foreign representatives, at a recent meeting, decided to wait upon the foreign minister in a body and once more attempt to come to some amicabie and satisfactory agreement, failing in which we were to declare our intention of regarding the whole city of Peng Yang as open to foreign trade and residence, and to inform his excellency that we would protect our people in their right to enjoy these privileges in pursuance of the imperial decree opening the place to trade.
We waited upon the foreign minister on the 4th instant, but got absolutely no satisfaction whatever, even upon our announcement of the alternative to which we would be driven.
We therefore each addressed a note to the foreign minister in the same sense, citing the whole circumstances of the case and announcing our intention, in the absence of any suitable provision for a foreign settlement, of regarding the city of Peng Yang in the position as is Seoul, and of protecting our people in their right to reside and carry on trade at that place. I have the honor to hand you inclosed a copy of my note of the 16th instant to that effect.
I have, etc.,