His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Ship Naniwa
8 February 1904
As hostilities exist betweeen the Government of Japan and the Government of Russia at present, I respectfully demand you to leave the port of Chemulpo with the Force under your command before the noon of the ninth of February 1904. Otherwise, I should be obliged to fight against you in the port.
I have the honour to be Sir, your most obedient servant.
Rear Admiral commanding a squadron of the Imperial Japanaese Navy
Russia Against Japan, 1904-1905: A New Look at the Russo-Japanese War
J. N. Westwood, State University of New York Press, 1986/05
HIS IMPERIAL JAPANESE MAJESTY’S SHIP NANIWA Chemulpo Roadstead, February 8. 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to notify you that as hostilities exist between the Empire of Japan and the Empire of Russia at present I shall attack the men-of-war of the Government of Russia, stationed at present in the port of Chemulpo, with the force under my command, in case of the refusal of the Russian senior naval officer present at Chemulpo to my demand to leave the port of Chemulpo before the noon of the 9th of February, 1904, and I respectfully request you to keep away from the scene of action in the port so that no danger from the action would come to the ship under your command. The above-mentioned attack will not take place before 4 o’clock p. m. of the 9th of February, 1904, to give time to put into practice the above-mentioned request.
If there are any transports or merchant vessels of your nationality in the port of Chemulpo at present, I request you to communicate to them the above notification.
I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,