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United States Department of State / Message of the president of the United States, and accompanying documents, to the two houses of Congress, at the commencement of the first session of the thirty-eighth congress
(1863)

Japan,   pp. 1027-1151 PDF (8.7 MB)


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ANNUAL MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT.
 I avail myself of this occasion to renew to your excellency the assurances
of high consideration with which I have the honor to be, your excellency's
most obedient servant,
ROBERT H. PRUYN,
Minister Resident of the United States in Japan.
 His Excellency DUCHESNE DE BELLECOURT,
His Imperial Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary, 4c., 4'c., 4~c., in Japan.
LEGATION OF FRANCE, June 7, 1862.
 Sin: I received the very cordial letter, dated yesterday, which your excellency
did me the honor to write to me on the occasion of the return of his Imperial
Majesty's ship Dordagne, providentially escaped in the typhoon of the 29th
of this month, (of last month,) and I hastened to communicate to Mr. Commandant
Fancon the expression of your sympathy, upon whom, like myself, it made a
deep impression; and he intends addressing your excellency, returning thanks,
and also for his staff and crew.
 The government of the Emperor, whenever informed of this courteous attèntion
by transmitting a copy of your excellency's letter, will, I feel fully convinced,
highly appreciate, as I do, the sentiments about his. Imperial Majesty, as
well as those about the French navy, from .the representative of a power
with whom France entertains relations of the most sincere cordiality.
 Permit me, sir, while returning you my warmest thanks, to renew the assurances.
of the high consideration with which I have the honor to be yotir excellency's
most obedient, humble servant,
DUOHESNE DE BELLECOURT,
Minister Plenipotentiary of his Majesty the
Emperor of the French, in Japan.
 His Excellency Mr. PRUYN,
Minister of the United States in Japan, Yedo.
DOItDAGNE, Yokohama, June 7, 1862.
 MONSIEUR LE MINISTRE: With a strong feeling of gratitude I read the letter
which your excellency was pleased to write to Mr. the minister of France
on the occasion of the disaster which the Dordagne recently experienced at
sea. I have the honor to return your excellency my very sincere thanks for
the kind interest shown us.
 I also thank you in the name of the imperial navy for the very flattering
manner in which you speak of her. These praises are the more precious as
coming from the representative of a great naval power, whose navy has always
distinguished itself among all others by the beautiful construction and the
magnificent condition of its squadrons, testifying in every sea to the accomplishments
of the distinguished seamen who command them.
 May it please your excellency to allow me to express how greatly moved I
feel by your kind courtesy, still more increasing my strong sympathy for
the United States, which, during my long career, my numerous and cordial
relations with their civil or military representatives inspired.
 With profound respect, I remain, M. the minister, your excellency's most
obedient servant,
CHARLES FANCON,
Post-Captain, Comd'g the ski~p Dordagne, of i/se Imperial Navy.
His Excellency Mr. the MINISTER OF THE UNITED STATES rn Japa*.


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