As the treaty made with the United States was the first treaty entered into by your country with other countries, therefore the President regards Japan with peculiar friendliness.
The expense of a war could be paid in time; but the expense of opium, when once the habit is formed, will only increase with time.
In case of war, a treaty would have to be made at the end of the war.
In time of war steamships and improved arms are the most important things.
It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also.
Any nation that refuses to hold intercourse with other nations must expect to be excluded from this family.
The nations of the West hope that by means of steam communication all the world will become as one family.
When the ambassadors of other foreign countries come to Japan to make treaties, they can be told that such and such a treaty has been made with the ambassador of the United States, and they will rest satisfied with this.
If I write in my name to the agents of England and France residing in Asia and inform them that Japan is ready to make a commercial treaty with their countries, the number of steamers will be reduced from fifty to two or three.
It will be quite satisfactory if you open them gradually, as the circumstances may require; but the President assures you that this will not be the case if you make a treaty with England first.
The President is of opinion that if Japan makes a treaty with the United States, all other foreign countries will make the same kind of a treaty, and Japan will be safe thereafter.
We were sent to this country by the President, who desires to promote the welfare of Japan, and are quite different from the ambassadors of other countries.
By means of steam one can go from California to Japan in eighteen days.
If war should break out between England and Japan, the latter would suffer much more than the former.
The President regards the Japanese as a brave people; but courage, though useful in time of war, is subordinate to knowledge of arts; hence, courage without such knowledge is not to be highly esteemed.
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