In the October, 1860 (page 78) edition of The Friend, publisher and editor Samuel C. Damon featured the following news about police protection afforded to the Japanese Embassy while on the east coast of the United States. It was taken from an unnamed American paper.
According to the report:
“The Japanese ambassadors, before leaving this country, placed $20,000 in the hands of August Belmont, of New York, for distribution among the members of the respective police of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, in proportion to the number of each and the time spent in each city by the Embassy, which was intended to be an acknowledgement of the efficiency of the police in contributing to their comfort. The offer was at first declined, but the embassadors insisted so strenuously that it was finally accepted. The sum has been apportioned as follows: -Washington policemen, $2,650; Baltimore policemen, $300; Philadelphia policemen, $3,300; New York policemen, $13,750. –American newspaper.”