LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
100 SEMINARY COURSE AT ANDOVER. Japanese, from private malice. Events subsequently proved this question to be without importance ; yet it is interesting to note the form it assumed at this time in Neesima's mind. With him it was not how to secure the amplest protection, but how to exert the great€st influence. That his influence would be seriously impaired by the surrender of his rights as a Japanese citizen was clear. He therefore decided against naturalization, and, in the fall of 1870, returned to Andover to begin his theological studies. In the winter of 1871 he again suffered from rheumatism, and was for some weeks helpless. On January 10th he writes :-" Through my sickness and pain I can have more sympathy with the suffering and dying Saviour, and by beholding Him on the cross I can bear all my pains and sufferings most cheerfully, rejoicingly ; knowing that my Master has suffered a far greater pain than I do now for the salvation o£ the lost race. When I profoundly think of the plan of salvation I almost lose myself in its beauty and grandeur. Though I cannot use my body now, I can exercise my mind. I can think, pray, and glorify God through my suffering. Pray for me, not simply for my illness, but that I may be ever submissive to the will of my Heavenly :Father." TO MR. HARDY. ANDOVER, January 29, 1871. A letter which you forwarded to me last Friday is from my home. It brought me a sad news, that is, the death of my grandfather. The letter is dated on the 5th of last August, though his death occurred on the 14th of last July.