IN BERLIN. 159 Sabbath. He told me that none of the Japanese stu­dents in Berlin study the Bible. How sad it is that so many know nothing of Christianity. I wish you would offer special prayer for that one who has just begun to study with me, that the thick unbelieving scales may fall from his eyes and he may see the gen­tle Saviour standing by him. TO MR. AND MRS. HARDY. BERLIN, January 15, 1873. I have just received your kind letters. It does seem to me a gentle and refreshing rain to a dry and parching land. I am so glad you passed the last Christmas with your .friends so pleasantly and were ready to enter into the new year. Through your description of the present state of Boston I could almost see the ruin before my eyes. With regard to Japan, she is getting brighter and brighter, although the progress is somewhat superfi­cial. I am so rejoiced to know that my aged father had an opportunity to see my teacher and friend, Pro­fessor Seelye. I have not felt well at all since my return to Berlin, probably owing to my extensive trip and continued labor. I have been unable to go out for three days on account of rheumatism. Dr. Keep and my physi­cian advise me to go to Wiesbaden. I could not recon­cile to the idea of going there, for I thought it is not the place for a poor fellow like myself; but after an investigation I found it not so expensive as I thought, so I made up my mind to go there. I£ you have no objection I should like to remain in Europe until next summer, partly for my health and partly for my fur­ther investigation on the educational system of Ger-