Charles Lang Freer to Frank J. Hecker, his business partner
August 4, 1895
This transcription retains the original spelling and punctuation of Freer’s letter.

Atami
Fujiyama District
August 4th, 95

Dear Mr. Hecker;

I am greatly pleased to learn from your good letter of July 1st that interest for the year will be earned and that business is brightening – and that all goes well with still more important matters.

The same mail brings a letter from Dewing saying he has returned or rather was to return on July 6th to America. Also that he would write you. If his letter came in time to head off sending that money to Paris, named in my last, will you send it instead to him at Windsor, Vermont – N. Y. draft from $2.000.00 and greatly oblige me as well as Dewing. [In pencil: “Omit all preceding this’]

I am stopping at a charming little nook on the Pacific Coast called Atami – Its very beautiful, historically interesting, and quite secluded. Difficulty of access keep the crowd away and I find it a most agreeable change form disagreeable Yokohama. The baths are varied and delightful, food excellent and the present bad weather, very, very bad weather, not so much felt as in more open, more exposed localities. In Tokio recently I was dining in the upper (better) story of a swell tea house and as is usual upon such occasions dancing and music was being performed for our amusement when suddenly the building tried to turn itself inside out, the geishas and samisen players bowed their heads to the floor and I experienced an earthquake felt all over the Tokio District – I hope there are no more to come during my stay. I like them not. After leaving this place I travel in chairs pretty close to Fujiyama, then by jinrickshas to the coast again and later by rail the balance of the way to Kioto, and on Aug. 23 make my last “Sayonara” to those who taught me the word which I so deeply regret to use in its final sense—

With love to all

Yours ever

CLF