Mr. Griscom to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, February 15, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to confirm, as per copies appended hereto on the overleaf, your telegram of the 10th instant, in relation to the desire of the United States Government that the neutrality of China and her administrative entity shall be respected by both Japan and Russia during the war which is now taking place.
In compliance with your instructions I sought an interview with the minister for foreign affairs on the 12th instant and handed him the note as per copy inclosed herewith, in which I embodied your telegraphic instructions. The minister assured me that his Government was heartily in sympathy with all the ideas expressed by you, and from the time when war became imminent he had advised the Government of China to maintain a strict neutrality, with a view of avoiding the very possible resultant evils which are so clearly pointed out by you. He informed me that Mr. Takahira had some two or three weeks ago been instructed to inform you of the views of the Japanese Government in this matter. I then asked him if he would kindly give me as soon as possible a written reply to the note which I addressed to him.
On the following day, the 13th instant, I received Baron Komura’s reply, a copy of which I inclose herewith.
There can be no doubt but what the Japanese Government is in entire and sincere sympathy with the views of the Department in this matter.
I have, etc.,