Ambassador Wright to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo , May 27, 1906 .
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I arrived in Yokohama on the 13th instant and immediately proceeded to Tokyo. On the 15th instant, accompanied by Mr. Huntington Wilson, chargé d’affaires, [Page 1008] I made an informal call upon the Marquis Saionji, prime minister and acting minister for foreign affairs, and presented to him copies of my letter of credence as ambassador, of Mr. Griscom’s letter of recall, and of the remarks I proposed making to His Majesty the Emperor. I have the honor to transmit herewith inclosed a copy of my note of the 15th instant to the foreign office by which I requested that I might be received in audience by His Majesty.
On the 26th, accompanied by the staff of this embassy, I was received in audience by His Majesty the Emperor and formally presented my letter of credence, together with Mr. Griscom’s letter of recall. At the same time I made a short address, a copy of which is herewith inclosed. His Majesty replied briefly, but in a very cordial way, asking with much interest as to the health of the President and his family. I herewith inclose a copy of his remarks as furnished by the grand master of ceremonies. Immediately following the audience with the Emperor, Mrs. Wright and myself were received in audience with Her Majesty the Empress, who was very gracious and kindly in her manner and expressions.
I have not yet had the opportunity of meeting a great many of the Japanese officials, but those I have met I have found agreeable and cordial. Altogether my experiences up to date have been very pleasant.
I have much pleasure in informing you that the Marquis Saionji expressed himself in the most complimentary terms, in which my own observation enables me fully to concur, as to Mr. Wilson’s manner of conducting the affairs of the legation while acting as chargé d’affaires. I may say in this connection that he has been very attentive and helpful to me since my arrival, and, whilst I am glad of his deserved promotion, I shall part with him with genuine regret. I feel that I am also already in a position to say that Mr. Laughlin, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Scidmore have all been most efficient and diligent in the discharge of their respective duties and are aiding me in every way in arriving at a knowledge of the business of the embassy.
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