|Theodore Roosevelt (18581919). Theodore Roosevelts Letters to His Children. 1919.|
58. A JAPANESE BOY'S LETTER
(To Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow)
White House, Jan. 14, 1905.
Last year, when I had Professor Yamashita teach me the "Jiudo"as they seem now to call Jiu Jitsuthe naval attache here, Commander Takashita, used to come around here and bring a young lad, Kitgaki, who is now entering Annapolis. I used to wrestle with them both. They were very fond of Archie and were very good to him. This Christmas Kitgaki sent from Annapolis a little present to Archie, who wrote to thank him, and Kitgaki sent him a letter back that we like so much that I thought you might enjoy it, as it shows so nice a trait in the Japanese character. It runs as follows:
|"My dearest boy:
"I received your nice letter. I thank you ever so much. I am very very glad that you have receive my small present.
| "I like you very very much. When I have been in Jiudo room with your father and you, your father was talking to us about the picture of the caverly officer. In that time, I saw some expression on your face. Another remembering of you is your bravery when you sleped down from a tall chair. The two rememberings can't leave from my head.|| 3|
| "I returned here last Thursday and have plenty lesson, so my work is hard, hard, hard, more than Jiudo.|| 4|
| "I hope your good health.|| 5|
| "I am,
| Isn't it a nice letter?|| 7|