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Any nation that refuses to hold intercourse with other nations must expect to be excluded from this family.
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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.
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By means of steam one can go from California to Japan in eighteen days.
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Commerce has become very extensive since the invention of steam, and the countries of the West have in consequence become rich.
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Eighteen years ago a war broke out between England and China, which might have been avoided by an agent residing in the capital of China.
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I replied that the customs of my country forbade any one to eat in a house where the host, or his representative, did not sit down to table with him.
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If a man use opium once he cannot stop it, and it becomes a life-long habit to use opium; hence the English want to introduce it into Japan.
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If American merchants should bring opium to Japan, the Japanese authorities may burn it or do what they please with it.
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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.
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If Japan had been near to either England or France, war would have broken out long ago.
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If war should break out between England and Japan, the latter would suffer much more than the former.
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If you make a treaty first with the United States and settle the matter of the opium trade, England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so.
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In case of war, a treaty would have to be made at the end of the war.
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In time of war steamships and improved arms are the most important things.
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It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also.
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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.
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Japan and China are isolated and without intercourse with other countries; hence the President directed me to attend to or watch the state of affairs in China also.
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Misfortunes are now threatening Japan in consequence of the state of things in England and other European states.
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Since the invention of steamships distant countries have become like those that are near at hand.
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Since the invention of the electric telegraph especially, rapid communication may be had between the most distant parts.
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The English Government hopes to hold the same kind of intercourse with Japan as she holds with other nations, and is ready to make war with Japan.
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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.
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The Governments of England and France asked the United States to unite in the war against China, but the President refused.
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The nations of the West hope that by means of steam communication all the world will become as one family.
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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.
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The President of the United States thinks that for the Japanese opium is more dangerous than war.
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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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The President wants to make a treaty that will be honorable to Japan, without war, in a peaceable manner, after deliberate consultation.
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The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent about the introduction of opium, and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited.
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The two nations England and France are now engaged in war with China, and what will be the result as respects China no one can conjecture.
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The United States have no possessions in the east and do not desire to have any, as other countries do.
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The United States was also provoked by the Chinese; but, not being anxious for war, the government refused to unite with England and France.
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There will be a great difference between a treaty made with a single individual, unattended, and one made with a person who should bring fifty men-of-war to these shores.
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Today will be the happiest day of my life if what I have said is attended to so as to secure the welfare of Japan.
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Two things are desired in order that intercourse may be had: First, that a minister or agent be allowed to reside at the capital. Second, that commerce between different countries be freely allowed.
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We do not wish to open your ports to foreign trade all at once.
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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.
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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.
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