Ambassador Wright to the Secretary of State.

No. 4.]

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.

I have, etc.,

Luke E. Wright.
[Inclosure 1.]

Ambassador Wright to the Minister of Education, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs .

Monsieur le Ministre: The President having appointed me ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of America to reside near the person of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, I have the honor to inform your excellency that I arrived in Tokyo on the 13th instant, and to request that at the convenience of His Imperial Majesty I may be received in audience for the purpose of presenting my letter of credence and my predecessor’s letter of recall. At the same time I beg to hand your excellency copies of my letter of credence and of Mr. Griscom’s letter of recall, and also a copy of the remarks which I look forward to the honor of addressing to His Majesty the Emperior on the occasion of my audience.

I have also the honor to request for Mrs. Wright and myself the honor of an audience with Her Majesty the Empress.

I avail myself, etc.,

Luke E. Wright.
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[Inclosure 2.]

Address of Ambassador Wright.

Your Imperial Majesty: I have the distinguished honor of presenting from the President of the United States the letters of recall of the Hon. Lloyd C. Griscom as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States, residing near Your Imperial Majesty, and from the same high source my letters of credence as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Your Imperial Majesty. In doing so, I am directed by the President to assure Your Imperial Majesty of his warm personal regard and his earnest wishes for the well-being of the great nation of which Your Imperial Majesty is the head. The unbroken amity between the United States and Japan, now so long continued that it has become almost traditional, is a source of congratulation and of the greatest pleasure to the President and to the American people. Both he and they have marked with unvarying interest and generous sympathy the steady increase in power and prestige of the Empire of Japan, at once one of the oldest and most virile of modern nations. The appointment by him of an ambassador to Your Imperial Majesty is but a recognition of her advanced position among the great powers. The President has directed me to say further that he believes that no other one factor will be so important in determining the welfare of the peoples grouped around the great Pacific Ocean as the friendship and good understanding of Japan and the United States, which he hopes will grow ever closer.

Personally, I esteem myself most highly honored in being selected by the President to represent him and the American people at Your Imperial Majesty’s court, and I venture to express the hope that my efforts to carry out the President’s wishes may meet with Your Imperial Majesty’s confidence and approval.

[Inclosure 3.—Translation.]

Reply of the Emperor.

We are pleased to receive the letter of credence from the President, informing us that the Hon. Lloyd C. Griscom has been relieved of his duties and that the President, having raised the legation to the rank of an embassy, has been pleased to appoint your excellency as his ambassador.

It is our firm conviction that the appointment of your excellency as ambassador will promote and strengthen the cordial relations that have always so happily existed between the two countries.

We trust that the President and his family are in the enjoyment of good health.