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Title Journal of the Commission, Consisting of Capt. Samuel F Du Pont U.S Navy and his Associates, Commander Sidney Smith Lee U.S. Navy and Lieutenant David D Porter U.S. Navy in Charge of the Japanese Embassy to the United States, May 1860
Reference W9-18480
Library Hagley Museum and Library
Date May 1860
Description This journal of the Commission in Charge of the Japanese Embassy is from The Hagley Library and Museum. The journal includes naval correspondence from Samuel Francis du Pont detailing the voyage of the first Japanese ambassador to the United States in 1860 and Japanese-American relations.
Document Type Journal, Correspondence, Manuscript
Theme(s) Politics, War and Diplomacy; Cultural Exchange; Regulation and Legislation
Keywords ammunition, army, coal, commerce, conflict, diplomat, economic policy, embassy, employment, entertainment, envoy, foreign policy, gifts, glass, government, health, law, manners and customs, medicine, navy, political visit, politician, salary, salute, silverware, sloop of war, trade, treaty, voyage
Countries USA; Japan; Panama
Places Washington; D.C.; San Francisco; New York; Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Cape of Good Hope; Baltimore; Cleveland; Buffalo; Niagara Falls; Albany; Brooklyn
Ports New York, USA; Philadelphia, USA
Company Smithsonian Institution
Ships Philadelphia, Powhatan, Niagara
People Samuel Francis Du Pont; Sidney Smith Lee; David D Porter; Simme-Boozen-no-kami; Franklin Buchanan; Lewis Cass
Additional Information Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803-1865) was a career naval officer who commanded the South Atlantic Squadron for the Union during the Civil War. His papers include personal and naval correspondence and journals describing his voyage.

When the Japanese sent their first ambassador to the United States, Samuel Francis Du Pont was asked to serve as an official escort. Together with two fellow officers, Commander Sidney Smith Lee and Lieutenant David Dixon Porter, he accompanied the ambassador’s party on a three-month visit to Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. This trip proved to be a major watershed in Japanese-American relations and helped open up Japan to U.S. trade and investment.

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