LETTERS FROM HOME. 89 myself so often and so constantly in this carnal sup­ply, and anticipate now I shall be exceedingly happy when I get rid of all troubles of this kind and reach to the place where I may wear one pure and white robe which shall not need anymore mending, washing, or changing. Yet I think it is very reasonable to take care for my body while I am in this world. TO MRS. HARDY. AMHERST, May 21, 1869. . . . I heard from my folks some time ago as you know. I have been longing their news more than one year, so it gave me great pleasure and consolation. My father wrote me very long and kind letter and in­formed me all about what wonderful change has taken place in Japan within a few years. Most of the peo­ple of high ranks cut their hairs short and dress in the American style. My fathe1· find more satisfactory in my being in this country, seeing such a wonderful change is going on among the leading class of the people and knowing that the educational system of the western nations would soon be introduced into Japan. You may see in his letter which he has written to you how h~ was glad when he heard from me and understood that I have found good friends in this side of the worlu. He asked me to translate it into English so that you may know what he writes about. I have translated it nearly as he expressed his idea in his own way. My sister and brother have written to you too, but I have not translated them, because they contain nearly the same thing as my father said. I hope you will accept their thanks and best regards and appreciate how they have felt grateful for what you