September 13th, 14th and 15th 1871

Sept. 13th
Went this morning to the hotel to see the Colorado boys. Met them and invited them to tiffin tomorrow. Then Antisell and myself went to the Yedo hospital to call on the Chief Medical Officer of the Empire. We found on arriving there that it is also the medical school to which (Page 53) the German physicians who were to be employed here, and who were our fellow passengers on the America, are attached. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sato, a Japanese educated by the Dutch, made his appearance soon. We transacted our business, which was the delivery of books and complimentary messages from the Surg. Genl. at Washington with request for exchange, and after looking through the school we left. As for the school, it has been run by recitation exclusively, without lectures, but that will soon be changed. Returned home to tiffin. After tiffin wrote a long letter to father which I directed both in English and Japanese and about 3pm started with Antisell for a walk through the shops. Got home just in time for dinner, ate my dinner and here I am.

Sept. 14th
A rainy, miserable idea is all I can raise for a letter tonight, for it is a rainy, miserable day. Nevertheless, we have had a run of company - three officers from the Colorado and three West Pointers who came over with us (Page 54). I spent the morning in daubing with water colors, and fixing up my camera lucida for drawing purposes, but can not yet make it work.
In the afternoon the company before mentioned came and we spent time in chat and cigars. Mr Shepherd, consul at Yokohama and acting as Chargé d’Affairs during the absence of Mr DeLong, the minister who has gone to Yesso, was of the party. His entire talk was of his interest in our affairs, the disgust of the English party at the treatment we have rec’d and the reaction in Japan in favour of America. The Genl. has invited Lt Wasson to remain with us for a few days of which I am heartily glad, for we agree admirably and already a new face is very pleasant.
Noticed today a cicada of this country resembles closely our ordinary locust, but has a sweet and varied note, pleasanter than that of any bird I have heard in Japan. The Japanese call it Sémi.
We are busy selecting plans for the building in Yezo. I think that our cottages will be one story, about 7 or 8 rooms each. If things don’t fall through I think next year will see us fairly settled in Japan

(Page 55) Sept. 15th
As none of the officials came this morning Wasson and myself took a walk among the second hand shops and work shops. I bought for a few cents two or three old bronze trinkets. We returned to tiffin and after tiffin, walked out again among the shops. I bought for Frank a pretty crape dressing gown, blue lined with crimson silk. I think it will be full enough to wear with an embroidered skirt. Shall try to send it by next steamer.
We are to be presented tomorrow and the Genl. is in a twitter of excitement about it.
I stopped at a very neat china store today where I saw the proprietor fondling his son, a handsome little fellow of 3 years. I petted the child a little and gave him a coin equivalent to a cent (1 tempo). The little fellow bowed politely and ran off in to the back room to tell his mother, who quickly made her appearance and bowed to the floor three times, smiling and thanking me. Verily, these are the most courteous people in the world.

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Part 8 September 16th 1871

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