Mr. Buck to Mr. Hay.

Sir: I have the honor to confirm the Department’s telegraphic instruction of the 29th ultimo, received the 31st, copy of which is herewith inclosed.1

The matter was immediately communicated to the Japanese minister for foreign affairs, who expressed his gratification at its receipt, with the statement that a response would be made at an early date. In an interview with him to-day I learn that as yet no determination upon the subject has been arrived at by the Japanese Government, though the minister himself expressed views in accord with those of our Government set out in the telegram.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

A. E. Buck.
  1. Printed ante, p. 304.