Townsend Harris Quotes

19 Townsend Harris quotes:

"Any nation that refuses to hold intercourse with other nations must expect to be excluded from this family."
"As the treaty made with the United States was the first treaty entered into by your country with other countries, therefore the President regards Japan with peculiar friendliness."
"By means of steam one can go from California to Japan in eighteen days."
"I replied that the customs of my country forbade any one to eat in a house where the host, or his representative, did not sit down to table with him."
"If a man use opium once he cannot stop it, and it becomes a life-long habit to use opium; hence the English want to introduce it into Japan."
"If I write in my name to the agents of England and France residing in Asia and inform them that Japan is ready to make a commercial treaty with their countries, the number of steamers will be reduced from fifty to two or three."
"If you make a treaty first with the United States and settle the matter of the opium trade, England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so."
"It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also."
"It will be quite satisfactory if you open them gradually, as the circumstances may require; but the President assures you that this will not be the case if you make a treaty with England first."
"Japan and China are isolated and without intercourse with other countries; hence the President directed me to attend to or watch the state of affairs in China also."
"Since the invention of steamships distant countries have become like those that are near at hand."
"The nations of the West hope that by means of steam communication all the world will become as one family."
"The President is of opinion that if Japan makes a treaty with the United States, all other foreign countries will make the same kind of a treaty, and Japan will be safe thereafter."
"The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent about the introduction of opium, and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited."
"The United States have no possessions in the east and do not desire to have any, as other countries do."
"Two things are desired in order that intercourse may be had: First, that a minister or agent be allowed to reside at the capital. Second, that commerce between different countries be freely allowed."
"We do not wish to open your ports to foreign trade all at once."
"We were sent to this country by the President, who desires to promote the welfare of Japan, and are quite different from the ambassadors of other countries."
"When the ambassadors of other foreign countries come to Japan to make treaties, they can be told that such and such a treaty has been made with the ambassador of the United States, and they will rest satisfied with this."

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