LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
leagues as well as availing himself of a chance to look into Neesima's diaries, correspondence, and related Doshisha materials. Naturally, Hardy had access to his father's materials -the reasons for escaping Japan; his record of his youth, My Younger Days, and many letters, not only those addressed to the Hardys, but also those to Mary Elizabeth Hidden with whom he lived at Andover, to the Reverend Ephriam Flint who first tutored him, and to Professor Julius Hawley Seelye who taught him at Amherst. Hardy, rather than writing a book about Neesima, tried to record as many of his experiences as possible in his own words, only supplying transitions and filling out the story when necessary. Thus, Hardy's words are few, and the reader is given Neesima's own views on his own background and life, Doshisha, the Tokugawa-Meiji transition, and his deep understanding of the social developments of the time. This book first appeared the year following Neesima's death and stayed in print for many years, but currently is difficult to find. Many biographies of Neesima have been written in Japan drawing on this book as their main source. With its reissue readers can again experience, through Neesima's own words, his times, thought and motivations in founding Doshisha. It is our hope that this will increase those who sympathize with his original intentions and so proffer strength to Doshisha. january 23, 1980 Kyoto, japan Naozo Ueno Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Trustees Ninetieth anniversary of Neesima's passing.