File No. 123G98/80

Chargé Wheeler to the Secretary of State

No. 821

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that immediately on receipt of the Department’s Instruction No. 455 of June 14 last I expressed to the Japanese Government, as directed, my own Government’s deep appreciation of the honor accorded the remains of Mr. Guthrie on the Japanese man-of-war Azuma and in the manifold attentions which were bestowed upon his family. I am now in receipt of a reply from the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs in which he says:

It is a source of high gratification to me to learn that the action of the Imperial Government in conveying the remains of the late Ambassador and their attentions to the bereaved family are appreciated by the United States Government.

I have [etc.]

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