Minister Griscom to the Secretary of State.

No. 164.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm my telegram of the 7th instant, reporting the raising of the Liaotung Peninsula blockade. * * *

I have also the honor to inclose herewith a copy of Baron Komura’s note of the 7th informing me that the blockade is terminated and transmitting a copy of Admiral Togo’s announcement of the fact.

I have, etc.,

Lloyd Griscom.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs to Minister Griscom.

Mr. Minister: Referring to my note under date of the 2d instant relative to a change in the zone of blockade in the Liaotung Peninsula, I have now the honor to intimate to your excellency that I am just in receipt of a communication from the commander in chief of His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s combined fleet, stating that since the whole of the Liaotung Peninsula had fallen into our occupation he issued on the 7th instant a declaration raising the said blockade, a copy of which is herewith inclosed.

I beg to add that the Imperial Government have decided not to permit for the present all vessels excepting those in their service either to enter or to sail from Port Arthur.

I avail, etc.,

Baron Jutaro Komura.


I hereby declare, in view of our occupation of the whole of the Liaotung Peninsula, that the blockade declared on the 1st day of the first month of the thirty-eighth year of Meiji has been raised to-day.

Admiral Togo Heihachiro,
Commander in Chief of His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Combined Fleet.