The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Ambassador.

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of August 24 last on the subject of the treaty annexing Korea to the Empire of Japan, signed on the 22d ultimo.

While I am constrained by the great importance of the interests of American citizens in Korea to make all necessary reservations as to their rights and privileges, I beg to inform your excellency that the Government of the United States is gratified to note the assurances already given by the Imperial Japanese Government concerning matters relating to foreigners and foreign trade in Korea.

Accept, etc.,

Huntington Wilson.