Mr. Buck to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, Japan, November 26, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to report that on the 16th instant, on receipt of a telegram from Capt. John Baxter, United States quartermaster at Nagasaki, that the United States transport Hancock was aground near Moji, in the Shimonoseki Strait, and requesting that I obtain immediate assistance of a Japanese warship from Kure, if possible, I at once communicated with the navy department, which promptly dispatched a ship equipped with the necessary appliances for relieving the vessel.
Receiving a telegram from Quartermaster Baxter on the 17th instant announcing the floating of the Hancock uninjured, and expressing his great appreciation of the prompt action of the navy department in sending a ship to her aid (copy of telegram herewith), I addressed through the minister for foreign affairs a note of thanks to the minister of the navy (copy herewith).
I have, etc.,