Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pacific Commercial Advertiser Reports: The Japanese Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Honolulu’s Pacific Commercial Advertiser reported the arrival of the Japanese Embassy in the Wednesday, July 18, 1860 edition:

THE JAPANESE – The Japanese Embassy arrived at Washington, May 14th, and on the 16th were formally received by the President. The ceremonies were of a more than usual imposing character, and were witnessed by a great number of people. The speech of the chief Prince expressed the desire of the Tycoon of Japan to continue on friendly relations with our government. The President’s response promised faithful adherence to the treaty, and most cordial feelings towards Japan. All the members of the cabinet, Gen. Scott and others were introduced.

At the latest dates, they appeared to be getting tired of their stay in America. They have requested that they might be spared from attending balls or going out after dark. When the heard of the accident to the Niagara, which had been detailed to take them home, but returned with her shaft broken, they thought it was a ruse to detain them forcibly in this country, and were much alarmed. They are homesick, and do not exhibit their former desire to see Northern cities. It is possible their suspicions and fears may seriously interfere with the arrangements made for their visit North.

Among the magnificent presents to the Japanese from the government as well as individuals, the President has directed that there should be struck off a splendid medal at the U.S. Mint, in Philadelphia, in honor of the visit of the Orientals to this republic. The order and design have been promptly executed under the superintendence of Col. J.R. Snowden, director of the Mint. The medal, which is about the size of the old American silver dollar, bears a beautiful likeness of Mr. Buchanan, and on the reverse an appropriate inscription. Three of these medals have been struck in gold, thirty in silver, and one hundred in copper.

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