Autograph letter, signed, from Tokyo

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Is to meet the Emperor at New Year. Complains about the Japanese style of dress. Describes an earthquake. Complains about the low standard of life, being 'terribly stale and tasteless'. Believes that the Japanese are inhospitable and complains that he has not been invited to any social occasion. Has been endeavouring to learn to write Japanese but is finding it somewhat difficult. Gives news of a smallpox outbreak in the city. Complains about Japanese china.

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