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Contemporary fair copy of a fine content letter concerning a 'Mr. Emory' of the U.S. Legation in Hiogo, Japan, Mar. 2, 1868 describing the outbreak of hostilities as Osaka was forced to open with trade to Westerners In part: 'On the 2nd Feb/68 left Osaka Japan in the 'Iroquois' having on board the American, Italian and Prussian ministers besides a huge number of foreigners...On the night of their arrival at Hiogo Wm. Emory was ordered with ten men to occupy the Customs House...a large number of Japanese troops...began an indiscriminate fire on all foreigners...Emory...resolved to make a quick dash...advancing upon the Japanese at double quick...charged upon them...with bayonet. Japs consisting of 200 men ran leaving their field pieces and baggage...Mikado in a few days sent an envoy...the Tycoonate was abolished...promised to keep the old treaties in place...[and] the head of the man who ordered the firing should be publicly cut off...'. The text was penned on the verso of an April 13, 1868 letter to Comm. A. A. Harwood. Fine.
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The USS Iroquois Rescues of U. S. Diplomats To Japan

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