The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Minister.

No. 207.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 32, of the 28th ultimo, requesting the good offices of the Government of the United States in securing the release of three Japanese merchants, Messrs. Nobe Ichitaro, Yagabe Chiuzaburo, and his son Gyo, who were captured by Russian soldiers while traveling in Korea on commercial business and held as prisoners of war; and to inform you that on the 30th ultimo I had the pleasure of instructing Ambassador Meyer to use his good offices with the Russian Government for the release of the three Japanese merchants mentioned, in accordance with your request.

Accept, etc.,

Herbert H. D. Peirce.