204 MISSIONARY WORK IN JAPAN. we have planted the standard of truth here and will never more retreat. To no one else but you will I say that this Christian school could have no existence here if God had not brought this poor runaway boy to your kind hands. The only way to get along in this country is to work courageously, even under many difficulties." What these difficulties were may be inferred from the following extract from the "Sketch of the Life of Reverend J. H. Neesima," written by Dr. Davis and published in Kyo to: -"This state of things led to continued criticism of the school and of Mr. Neesima as its virtual Japanese head. He felt these most keenly. He loved the members of the Mission, and he was ever loyal to the Mission, anything which seemed to imply the contrary paining him beyond measure. So great did the trial become that in September, 1876, the members of the station sent a letter to the Mission in order to remove some of these misunderstandings." In this letter they stated that while Mr. Neesima and Mr. Yamamoto were the nominal proprietors of the school, its management had been left entirely in the hands of the resident missionaries; that none of the details relating to the course of study or the con­duct of the exercises had been referred to Mr. Y ama­moto; that Mr. Neesima had invariably followed the suggestions of his foreign associates and had consulted them even in the expenditure of funds subscribed through private channels, whose use was wholly at his own discretion ; that in the organization and conduct of the school they had been as free as if there had been no Japanese proprietors, and that Mr. Neesima's whole {'ffort was to conform to their advice and sug­gestions.