MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: Manuscript measures 6 1/2 X 9 1/4 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: -59 pages of documents.   -4 bound as one
NOTES: A rare Japanese manuscript set of reports and translation of the letter sent to the Shogun by President Pierce and Secretary of State Marcy.
ITEM ID: 3626
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Townsend Harris Treaty and Letter

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Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Various dates, 1855 -1861

Japanese hand-written manuscript reports and letters, Townsend Harris Treaty and Letter from President Franklin Pierce to the Shogun.  A rare Japanese manuscript set of reports and translation of the letter sent to the Shogun by President Pierce and Secretary of State Marcy.The letter translated into Japanese was as follows:”Franklin Pierce,
President of the United States of America,To his Majesty the Emperor of Japan.Great and Good Friend! It has occurred to me that the existing Treaty between the United States and Japan might be so amended as to secure greater facilities for the exchange of the rich and varied productions of Your Majesty’s vast empire for those of the United States. I have accordingly made choices of the bearer of this letter Townsend Harris, Esquire, a citizen of this country who has already been accredited to Your Majesty’s Minister for Foreign Affairs as the Consul General of the United States to confer upon the subject with such Ministers or other officers as your Majesty may designate. I trust that they may agree upon the terms of a treaty which will strengthen and perpetuate the bonds of amity between the United States and Japan as well as increase the commercial intercourse between them to their mutual advantage.I trust that Your Majesty will receive Mr. Harris with kindness, and will place entire confidence in all the representations which he may make to Your Majesty in my behalf.I pray God to have Your Majesty in His safe and holy keeping.To these presents I have caused the seal of the United States to be affixed and have subscribed the same with my hand, at the City of Washington on the twelfth day of September in the year of the Christian Era, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.Franklin Pierce.By the PresidentW.S. Marcy,Secretary of State.”