General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1863
Original Publisher: W. Ridgway Subjects: Japan
Diplomatic and consular service
History / General
History / Europe / Great Britain
History / Asia / Japan
Political Science / International Relations / General
Political Science / International Relations / Diplomacy
Travel / Asia / Japan Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.
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Excerpt: JAPANESE DENY KNOWLEDGE OF MY CAPTURE. 21 The community of Yokohama hearing the news of the affray, and finding that I had left home the previous afternoon and was still absent, became persuaded that I was the missing- man. As evening approached, the friends, who had received my letters written from Shenobarar, asking them to dine with me that day, came at the hour appointed. Finding me still absent, their doubts as to my fate then became conclusive, the more so as no other foreigner was missing from the small settlement. Fearing the danger of delay, they urged on the Consul the necessity for adopting at once some steps to try and discover where I was held. Their general belief seems to have been, that I was a prisoner in the hands of the Japanese. The Consul appears to have gained some information or clue, and believed I was being detained at their prison: the Japanese authorities denied that such was the fact, and he urgedthat the Governor should accompany him in a search over the prison. This was strenuously opposed, and his right of search denied him. The Consul losing all faith ife their representations, and convinced that such secrecy boded danger to one in their power, now determined to effect by display of power, and if necessity compelled, to demand by force, that which had been re...