Chargé Wilson to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo, March 28, 1906.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge and confirm your instructions received on the 9th instant in a cipher telegram reading as follows:a
At an interview on the 9th instant I laid the above question before the minister for foreign affairs, who desired me to put it in writing. I accordingly addressed to his excellency on the same day a note whereof I have the honor to transmit a copy herewith. The Marquis Saionji replied, as shown by the inclosed copy of his note of the 23d instant, that the Japanese Government was averse to the addition of “agent” to the style of the consul-general of the United States at Seoul. As the ground for this objection his excellency states that the resident-general at Seoul will only deal with such matters touching foreign representatives in Korea as do not exceed the scope of ordinary consular functions, all diplomatic affairs being left for negotiation at Tokyo.
In communicating the response of the Japanese Government I had the honor on the 24th instant to dispatch to you a cipher telegram reading as follows:a
The inclosed statement of the minister for foreign affairs makes the division of foreign business with Korea between the foreign office in Tokyo and the residency-general in Seoul considerably clearer than did the articles of organization of the residency-general and residencies in Korea, a translation of which accompanied the legation’s No. 363, of January 2.
I have, etc.,