LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
134 SEMINARY COURSE A1' ANDOVER. He has thus far stopped at the hotels. He told me also he does not care for t;eeing the grand style of American living, but the true national character. It is too much to ask you to accommodate Mr. Tanaka and your humble servant during our stay in Boston. If you could do it without causing you much inconvenience I am sure it will do him a great good. I have been telling him what you have done for me these seven years, since I bega.n to room with him at the hotel. He is quite anxious to sec you. I will leave the matter in your hands entirely. Please do it as you please and think the best to satisfy his wants. I think Mr. Tanaka is sharp enough to see the true pride and glory of America. I believe that I have forgotten tQ inform you that I was requested by Mr. Mori to be present when Mr. Northrop had his first interview with the embassy. Mr. Mori asked many questions to Mr. Northrop concerning the national and universal education, for the embassy, and I took notes of Mr. Northrop's plain and practical talking. Although I have not had much interview with the whole embassy, yet I am very well acquainted with Mr. Kido, who is the ablest man among them and the great friend of the universal education. I have seen him very often and told him my humble opinion concerning the national education. I told him it ought to be based on virtue. I am now at the hotel with Mr. Tanaka and have splendid opportunity to talk with him on the subject of t>'ue edution, i. e., the education of Soul. He was deeply impressed with my hmnble opinion a few nights ago and told me that all religions should be free, and the Bible should be studied by each student, not as a text-book, but a virtuous food. He could not yet see or say 6piritual food.