LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
76 SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DAYS. dark regions Ile w~mld cause me to live in the bright heaven forever. I saw in some paper sixty-three ,Japanese native Christians were arrested at Yokohama. But I say, it will stand, it must stand, and the Gospel must be known to them. I feel always grateful for your kind care and 1 pray in your behalf without ceasing. I would like to hear from you very much. TO MRS. FLINT. AMHERST, October 30, 1867. . . . I am very happy to tell you about my father's letter which I have first received since I left home. He received my letter which I wrote him bst spring from Andover. He says that some American gentleman in Yokohama sent my letter by his faithful Japanese friend to him so that no trouble might fall on it. He was waiting there to get his reply and carry it to Yokohama, therefore my father wrote it with great haste. I will not tell you all what he said, but a few particular points. He was very anxious of me since he heard the information of my escaping from Hakodate. But he was so glad to hear from me over the water and find out where I am and how I am successful. He did not complain much for my leaving Japan, but, seems me, he was very much contented of it, because I wrote to him about beautiful American customs, and told him also what I do, what I study, how I feel happy, and how I beUeve in tr·ue God. His family are all well. My grandfather is still living. He is eighty-two years old and his health is quite well. He wrote to me a ,T apanese short poem which means that he is expecting my return most every day. I hope he would live till my return, so that I may tell him the way where he may find Jesus. . . .