276 TO EUROPE AND AMERICA AGA.IN. held the meeting of our Home Missionary Society at Kyoto last year, all the delegates of the churches con­nected with your Mission talked upon the subjeet again, and sent another united appeal to the doctor for the medical school. They all agreed that if he could obtain an appropriation from the American Board to start it in Kyoto, they would do something towards buying grounds and building edifices. Each expressed the necessity for such a school in the present stage of our Christian work. I am sure that if such an institution be founded on a Christian basis, as is the case with our school, it will greatly promote not only the work of evangelization but the general wel­fare of poor humanity. As Dr. Berry has already appealed to your public for this cause, I hope and pray he will be successful in raising a fund sufficient to carry out his noble purpose. Just a few days before I left Japan for this country, about seventy eminent citizens of Kyoto held two meetings for the purpose of hearing us on the subject of Christian education. Dr. J. D. Davis and others were invited to address them on. that subject. Ac· cordingly we did so and won their hearty approval. They agreed to raise funds sufficient for the endow­ment of several professional chairs in our school in the year 1890, when our emperor will carry out his pledges relative to the formation of our Constitution. Their idea is to commemorate that important event in our political history. We expressed our gratitude for this noble gift, but refused to accept it unless we were g1ven full liberty to dispose of it on a Christian basis. To this bold statement they made no objec­tion. They requested us to take the matter into our own hands and to carry it out for them. We never