LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
242 MISSIONARY WORK IN JAPAN. of liberty, the development of science, the Christian morality, which has given birth to European civilizations. Trace the effect to the cause and you will find science resting upon the foundation of Christianity. We cannot therefore believe that Japan can secure this civilization until education rests upon the same basis. With this foundation the state is builded upon a rock. No sword can conquer 1t, no tempest destroy it, no sea overcome it. Resting on the old moral code of China, it stands upon the seasands, and, when the rough waves beat upon it, falls to ruin. "We are, therefore, hoping for a university which teaches advanced modern science and which is founded upon a pure morality. We have been very earnest in this matter. In this spirit we established the Doshisha school in Kyoto in the eighth year of Meiji. Its students have increased year by year and our aim has ever been the university. vVe made known our purpose publicly in April of the sixteenth year of Meiji, and received much encouragement. At this time we met our friends in Kyoto and named it the Meiji University. We have determined first to raise an endowment for the departments of History, Philosophy, and Political Economy, and subsequently also for those of Law and Medicine. This is not easy of accomplishment, for a large sum is needed for buildings and professorships. Being so few we cannot of ourselves furnish the needed money, but we will not abandon our purpose to found this university now. We must work for new Japan. All true patriots should do so. Help us, as far as you are able, to accomplish our purpose and do this great work. 1\rithout your help our purpose cannot be realized."