Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Order Concerning the Fusigama [1]

Executive Mansion,
Washington, 12th October, 1864.

The Japanese Government having caused the construction at New York of a vessel of war called the `Fusigama,' and application having been made for the clearance of the same in order that it may proceed to Japan, it is ordered, in view of the state of affairs in that country and of its relations with the United States, that a compliance with the application be, for the present, suspended.



[1]   DS, DNA RG 56, General Records of the Treasury Department, AB Series, 1864, Letters from Executive Officers, State Department, Part 2, Volume II. This order was enclosed with a letter of Secretary Seward to William P. Fessenden, October 12, 1864: ``I have the honor to enclose an order of the President of this date, suspending the granting of a clearance to the gunboat Fusigama, which has been built at New York for the Japanese, and which is represented to be ready to start for her destination.''

Japan was in a state of semi-revolution led by the ``Ronins,'' as a result of antiforeign sentiment aroused by the efforts of England, France, and the Netherlands to get favorable commercial concessions similar to those granted by Japan to the United States. The Fusigama and the Funayma Solace (see Lincoln's order of December 3, infra) had been built under contracts arranged by Thurlow Weed and Charles B. Lansing (see Lincoln's communication to the Senate, February 6, 1863, supra).