MEETS MINISTER MORI. 103 deciding this matter. [The proposition of Minister Mori was promptly declined.] TO MRS. FI.INT, .ANDOVER, June 7, 1871. Three weeks ago yesterday I was invited to Amherst by the Japanese minister, who brought a young J ap­anese to Mass. Agricultural College to study the mode of American farming. I spent two days with him at Amherst and had very pleasant time. He treated me very gentlemanly and paid all my travel­ing expenses. The main idea of his inviting me is that he was intending to establish schools at home after the American system and desired me to take charge of it. I encouraged him to do so, though I did not give him any definite answer for my taking charge of it-for it is woe to me if I do not preach the gospel of my blessed Master. TO MRS, HARDY • .AMHERST, June 13, 1871. Since I returned here I attempted to rewrite my letter to the Japan government for obtaining a passport, for in my first letter I did not say that I have embraced Christian faith, but simply mentioned what I am studying at Andover. I did not even say that I am studying theology, but mentioned that I am studying the true secret of the progress of civilization. "'When I saw the Japan minister at Amherst I told him that I would not go home concealing my Christian faith like a trembling thief goes in the dark night under the fear of discovery, but go there as a Christian man walking in a Christian love and doing things according to the light of my conscience. I told him,