The escape of Hamel and his mates
and the results of interrogation were reported to Nojung(ÒÇñé)
and he ordered to ask this incident to Joseon.
Joseon was informed through
a dialogue between Kim Geun-haeng and Cha Wae-wa that
Japan would ask for the escape of Hamel and his mates.
Whether the prior leakage of this information was intentional,
it was sure that Japan intended to avoid causing trouble
by informing of their escape when a Joseon official
entered Japan in advance.
Joseon was very surprised at learning about Hamel and
his mates escape to Japan. Their escape was not even
reported by the local authorities where they resided.
Joseon did not know of their escape at all until it
was reported to them from Japan.
According to ¡ºSeungjeongwon Ilgi¡»,
October in the 7th year of King Hyeonjong, Sinmijo,
Bibyeonsa was shocked that local authorities did not
report about the escape. And so the king was advised
to get at the truth of the escape.
Jang Yeong became the vice-governor of Jeolla-do on
April 20, 1666, was dismissed for the escape of Hamel
and his mates.
On the other hand, Jeong Se-hyeong
was the governor in Suncheon, but the escape occurred
the next day after he became the governor. Thus, King
Hyeonjong judged that he could not be accused of the
escape and he was unpunished(¡ºHeonjong Sillok, December,
the 7th year of King Hyeonjong, Gimjijo).
But, King Hyeonjong ordered to punish government official
holding office during August and September for not reporting
the escape of Hamel and his mates.
As a result, the governor in Suncheon was punished for
failure in reporting the escape.
In case of Namon, there was no
escapee and so no one was punished.
Public officials in areas where escapees resided except
Namwon were all punished.
In this way, Hamel and his mates' escape-related matters
were finished in Joseon.
However, important diplomatic matters still remained
between Joseon and Japan.
This escape was treated with a good-neighbor policy
to Japan. But Joseon broke its promise of reporting
doubtable ship in response to Japan's no Christian policy