Mr. Buck to Mr. Hay.

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.,

A. E. Buck.
[Inclosure 1.—Telegram.]

Captain Baxter to Mr. Buck.

Advised that Japanese admiralty sent two warships with salvage appliances to help Hancock near Moji. Hancock floated high tide 16th uninjured, and sailed same day to relieve Warren at Kobe. Action Japanese admiralty greatly appreciated. This office will promptly pay admiralty’s bill of expense.

[Inclosure 2.]

Mr. Buck to Mr. Komura Jutaro.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to express, through your excellency, to his excellency the minister of the navy my high appreciation and thanks for his great kindness in so promptly dispatching two vessels with salvage appliances to the assistance of the United States transport Hancock, aground near Moji a few days ago.

In pursuance of a telegram received from the United States quartermaster at Nagasaki, I have the honor to express his grateful acknowledgments also, and to say for him that his office will promptly pay the bill of expenses for the two vessels when known.

I avail, etc.,

A. E. Buck.