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JAPAN, 1864. 459 JAPAN, 1864. CONVENTION BETWEEN THE . BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND THE rg?) JAPAN, RELATING TO 1NDEMNII‘IES,CONCLUDED AT YOKOHAMA OCTO- BER 22, ISM; RATIFIOATION ADVISED BY SENATE FEBRUARY 21 1866- RATIFIED BY PRESIDENT APRIL 9, 1866; PROCLAIMED APRIL 9, mso. ’ The representatives of the United States of America, Great Britain Damages to be France, and the Netherlands, in view of the hostile acts of Mori Daizen, Wd '°° ”h° f°“’ Prince of Nagato and Snwo, which were assuming such formidable i,"'}?? p°w°'§ 5,*;* proportions as to make it diiiicult for the Tycoon faith fully to observe Pgs; zimuzguteo the treaties, having been obliged to send their combined forces to the &c. ` Straits of Simonoseki in order to destroy the batteries erected by that Daimio for the destruction of foreign vessels and the stoppage of trade; and the Government of the Tycoon, on whom devolved the dutv of chastising this rebellious Prince, being held responsible for any damage resulting to the interests of the treaty Powers, as well as the expenses occasioned by the expedition: The undersigned, representatives of treaty Powers, and Sakai Hida no N•¤8<>*i¤·l><¤¤· Kami, a member of his second council, invested with plenipotentiary powers by the Tycoon of Japan, animated with the desire to put an end to all reclamations concerning the acts of aggression and hostility committed by the said Mori Daizen since the nrst of these acts, in June, 1863, against the flags of divers treaty Powers, and at the same time to regulate definitively the question of indemnities of war, of whatever kind, in respect to the allied expedition to Simonoseki, have agreed and determined upon the four articles following: 1. The amount payable to the four Powers is fixed at three millions of Amount fixed. dollars. This sum to include all claims of whatever nature, for past aggressions on the part of Nagato, whether indemnities, ransom for Simonoseki, or expenses entailed by the operations of the allied squadrons. 2. The whole sum to be payable quarterly, in instalments of one-sixth, Time and mode or half a million dollars, to begin from the date when the representatives °f P¤Y¤¤¤'*· of said Powers shall make known to the Tycoon’s Government the ratification of this convention and the instructions of their respective Governments. _ 3. Inasmnch as the receipt of money has never been the object of _ 0P°¤lP£§°f**P°!'b the said Powers, but the establishment of better relations with Japan, Ea T; SC2"; and the desire to place these on a more satisfactory and mutually advan- 1,,,3 of I,,,,.,,?,,,,,, of tageous footing is still the leading object in view, therefore, if His money. Majesty the Tycoon wishes to offer, in lieu of payment of the sum claimed, and as a material compensation for loss and- injury sustained, the opening of Simonoseki, or some other eligible port in the inland sca, it shall be at the option of the said foreign Governments to accept the same, or insist on the payment of the indemnity in money, under the conditions above stipulated. _ 4. This convention to be formally ratified by the ’1‘ycoon’s Government Ratification. within fifteen days from the date thereof. In token of which the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed and gigmtm-tt, sealed this convention, in qnintuplicate, with English, Dutch, and Japanese versions, whereof the English shall be considered the original. Done at Yokohama, this 22d day of October, 1864, corresponding to Date. the 22d day of the 9th month of the first year of Gengi. ROBERT H. PRUYN, Minister Resident of the United States in Japan. RUTHERFORD ALCOCK, H. B. M.’s Envoy Ezvtraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Japan. LEON ROCHES, d F J '· i ’re de S. M. L’Em crcur es ran is au upon. Mmmm PW p D. DE GRAIEFF VAN POI9gBR()EK, E N. M.’s Consul General and Political Agent in Japan. (Signature of Sakai Hida no Kami.)