132 SEMINARY COURSE AT ANDOVER. the guidance of Providt;-nce. Your last letter gave me a clear decision, and made me feel and think that it may be a. voice, not human, but from on high, to open the way to my active life or Christian labor. Though 1 do expect only to accompany him for a short time, yet I may possibly do some service for promot­ing Christ's kingdom in his heart, hence to Japan. So I would no longer doubt or hesitate, but say I will go wherever the Lord will direct me and do what I can for honoring and glorifying Him. When I wrote you my last letter I was almost inclined to refuse the Commissioner's offer and resume my study at Ando­ver. But all my Japanese friends have encouraged me to go; Mr. M:ori advised me to go, and Mr. Lan­man, his American Secretary, told me not to lose such a golden opportunity. Professor Seelye told me "bet­ter go," and lastly you, whom I regard more than my own parents, gave me a consent to go. I will simply say "Thy will be done." I am sure it will be gratifying to Mr. Tanaka, for he has been anxiously waiting for yonr reply since I wrote you my first letter on this subject. When I see him I will him to give me a note of stipula­tion to send me back to the United States before next September, or whenever I get tired of traveling, and will keep it as the sign of agreement. I accompanied Mr. Kido, vice-ambassador, Mr. Tanaka, and General Eaton, and four other Japanese, to Columbia College yesterday morning, and had very enjoyable time, though it was busiest day I ever have had since I came here. I kept up talking partly in Japanese, partly in English, from 9 A. M. till 5 P. M. It was long eight },o:~rs' pulling. We returned to Arlington House at half eight. Mr. Kido