WRITES FOR ADVICE. 153 fited by breathing in that invigorating mountain air. I have had a difficult matter for my consideration for these past few weeks. As you know well I was quite undecided whether I should go home with Mr. Tan­aka, or come back to America to finish my study in Andover. I have been deliberating on the question these long whiles. But since I came back here I am requested by Mr. Tanaka to go home with him. He says he could not get along without me, for he has some intention to print some Christian books besides his own reports. Another thing has arisen to hasten me to go home for a while. That is to say, I began to feel cold weather sensibly here in Berlin within a few days. So I fear my old trouble may come back to me if I expose myself to a very cold weather. This thought does discourage me to go back to Andover to resume my study this year. So I thought that I might go home for a year or two to get rid of this rheumatic trouble in that milder climate, and then 1 may possibly be prepared to meet the cold New Eng­land winter again. It causes me a great regret for my not resuming the study at present, but I am obliged to look after my health. If you have no objection I would rather decide to go home with Mr. Tanaka. I wish you would tell me what I should do. As you know, it was an understanding between you and me that I should come back to America by all means be­fore I go home. Mr. Tanaka is talking to go home via Suez, for it would be a great deal warmer than by the American continent. But I would rather go via Bos­ton; and if the cold weather might be very unsafe for my rheUlllatism, I might tarry in warmer part of Eu­rope until the next spring. But I fear Mr. Tanaka would not wait for me until the next spring, for he