The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Officers of the United States.

Gentlemen: I have to inform you that, in view of the convention signed November 17, 1905, between Japan and Korea, by which Japan becomes the medium for conducting the foreign relations of Korea, the American legation at Seoul has been withdrawn, and that the representation of the United States in diplomatic matters effecting American rights of treaty, persons, and property in Korea will hereafter be dealt with through the channel of the Japanese foreign office.

I am etc.,

Elihu Root.