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  • 발신자Moustier
  • 수신자W. H. Seward
  • 발송일1867년 3월 29일(음)
  • 출전W. H. Seward Paper, University of Rochester
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Paris 29 March 1867

Sir :
 You did me the honor of informing me on the 3rd instant that, the government of the United States planning an expedition in order to avenge the burning of the American merchant vessel General Sherman and the murder of her crew by the inhabitants of Corea,

Mr. Berthemy
 the Secretary of State had enquired from you if we should be disposed to take part in it in order to obtain on our side a more complete satisfaction for the murder of our missionaries and to oblige the Coreans afterwards to accept a treaty similar to those made with China and Japan.
 His Majesty’s naval forces in the month of October ultimo inflicted on that people a lesson of which we entertain the hope that they will keep the memory and which we look upon as a sufficient punishment, as you have moreover given it to understand and indicated before hand in your conversation with Mr. Seward. This coup-de-main, for the expedition conducted by admiral Roze possessed no other character, was executed in all conditions of opportunity that could be desirable, I mean, immediately after the guilt from which it had originated. It provided to what we desired. Our interests in Asia being henceforth considered as safe the only motive for an action in common would be therefore to affirm, by the union of both flags, the mutual and constant sympathy that draws towards each other the French and the American people. So our first impulse would have induced us to accept with the most cordial eagerness Mr. Seward’s proposal, which answers so well to all the most intimate of our feelings. But the government of the Emperor has not only to take his impressions and his impulses into consideration. He has also to weigh with maturity the resolutions that could bring to account in a considerable measure his responsibility towards public opinion. The spirit in France is not at the present day in favor of enterprises whose distant object and undetermined character could not allow to specify from the beginning their extent and duration. His Majesty’s government does not therefore believe to be in measure of engaging himself is an expedition of which the result could not be immediately obtained which in the first moment would not perhaps be accepted with all the favor it does undoubtedly deserve. In a country where public opinion is of so great a weight in all matters, and with a Minister of so elevated a mind and so much practical sense as Mr. Seward, such consideration have chance of being immediately understood.
 We nevertheless appreciate the kind intention that has inspired Mr. Seward’s proposal and we look upon it as a testimony of cordiality for which I request you to present him my thanks. You will also please let him know that we make wishes for the good success of the intended expedition and to state, if by punishing a barbarous deed, the arms of the United States succeed in accomplishing in those distant countries a new progress and to bring civilization one step further, we will be the first to greet it with our applause.
 You are authorized to read this despatch to the Secretary of State.
Receive, etc.

Signed (symbol) Moustier

 
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Seward , Roze , Seward’s , Seward , Seward’s
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China , Japan

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