William H. Seward's Travels around the World

By Olive Risley Seward; William Henry Seward | Go to book overview

CHAPTER II.
VISIT TO YEDDO.--INTERVIEW WITH THE MIKADO.

Interview with the Japanese Prime-Minister.--Tremendous Storm.--Some Points of History.--The Mikado and the Tycoon.--Japanese Foreign Office.--MinisterSawa. --The Question of Saghalien.--The Tombs of the Tycoons.--A Speck of War.--The Delmonico of Yeddo.--Sketches of Yeddo.--The Interview with the Mikado.

On board the Monocacy, Bay of Yeddo, October 1st.--On Mr. Seward's arrival at Yokohama, the Japanese Government at Yeddo invited him to a banquet in the palace of the Hamagotên. The Japanese ministry, with other official persons, in all six hundred, were to be present, and the prime-minister was to preside. Mr. Seward excused himself on the ground that the condition of his health and his habits oblige him to forego large assemblies. He wrote, at the same time, that he intended visiting the capital in a private manner, and that it would afford him pleasure if allowed to pay his respects to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This morning, we set out on the excursion thus proposed, in the Monocacy, accompanied by Mr. De Long; we arrived at the anchorage before Yeddo, at five o'clock, expecting to land immediately, under the ship's salute.

Since our arrival at Yokohama the weather has been intensely hot, and everybody has been predicting some fearful convulsion of earthquake or tempest. A wind with heavy rain gave us a rough voyage; but the sea has now calmed, though the rain continues. Mr. Seward, protesting against delay, asked for boats when the anchor dropped. The ladies shrank from exposure; even the

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