The Secretary of State to the Korean Chargé.

No. 18.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of the agreement signed on November 17, 1905, by the plenipotentiaries of Japan and Korea, by which Japan becomes the medium for conducting the foreign relations of Korea, and the subjects and interests of Korea in foreign countries are intrusted to the charge of the diplomatic and consular representatives of Japan.

I have accordingly this day sent telegraphic instructions to the American minister at Seoul to withdraw from Korea and to return to the United States.

Accept, etc.,

Elihu Root.