Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pacific Commercial Advertiser Reports: Japanese Embassy in Washington, Part Six

Six months after the Japanese ambassadorial delegation arrived in Honolulu the Pacific Commercial Advertiser featured further news of their travels in the United States. ‘The Japanese at Washington: Incidents of Their Visit’ was featured in the August 2, 1860 edition of the paper.

The following is a transcript of the sixth section of the news story, focusing on the ratification of the treaty. No author is listed, so I am at this point assuming that the text was taken from various newspaper sources that managed through the mails to reach Honolulu.

RATIFICATION OF THE TREATY –On Tuesday, 22d inst., the ceremony of exchanging ratifications of the treaty with Japan took place at the State Department in the presence of a number of persons. It consisted merely of comparing and certifying the correctness of the copies. On their way to the Department the treaty box was borne on the shoulders of two of their servants. Secretary Cass, during the diplomatic proceedings, informed the commissioners that it afforded him great pleasure to exchange the ratification of the treaty with them, and expressed a fervent hope that the two nations would be bound still closer in friendship. The commissioners reciprocated the compliment, and expressed their obligation to the venerable Secretary. They also spoke of the kind attentions bestowed on them, and trusted that the peace between the two nations may be everlasting.

(Next: Visit to Congress)

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