UMass Amherst
William Penn Brooks in Hokkaido

William Penn Brooks letters, 1868-1879 July

Date: 1868 November 05download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: S. Scituate, Mass.
Description: Enjoying school. "Sammie and I are in the hen business." Farm work at school.

Date: 1872 June 09download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass.
Description: Pleasant view of the mountains from his window. Student response to the death of a classmate. Studies.

Date: 1872 October 06download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass.
Description: The College is fixing up student rooms.

Date: 1872 October 20download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass.
Description: Geometry problem.

Date: 1873 February 22download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass.
Description: Enjoying himself this winter. Singing. Stationary.

Date: 1873 December 28download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass.
Description: Closing up.

Date: 1877 January 02download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Chicago, Ill.
Description: Passed through the scene of the accident in Ashtabula crossing bridge on sleighs.

Date: 1877 January 14download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: East Oakland, Calif.
Description: Visited University of California and Mills Seminary. Chances for lady teachers very fine in California. Drought.

Date: 1877 February 26download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Japanese houses; Japanese men and women. Kite flying. Sailing for Hokkaido. Visit with Mr. Yuchi (formerly of Amherst) to farm at Nanaye. Otarumai. Sapporo.

Date: 1877 April 22download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Herring fisheries.

Date: 1877 May 28download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Purchase of a horse. Visit to the theatre with Penhallow and Weeler.

Date: 1877 July 27download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Fourth of July fireworks. Wheeler and Penhallow on surveying expedition to the Ishikari River. Interpretor, Mr. Kojima, is getting married. Japanese marriage customs.

Date: 1877 August 19download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Returned from lengthy survey trip by horseback inland, living in Japanese hotels

Date: 1877 September 09download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: New freshman class numbers 18. Recent visit of missionary and acting American consul, Mr. Harris, who has baptised 15 students. None of the converts profess to any particular sect, though Clark "taught them in rather of an orthodox manner."

Date: 1877 September 30download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Arrival of Sweat and Treat to teach preservation of salmon. Soldiers return from defeat of the Satsuma rebels, including death of Saido [i.e. Saigo] and Kirino. Eating coquars. Vegetables and Japanese cookery.

Date: 1877 October 28download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Harvest delayed by weather, but crops magnificent. Plan to visit salmon fisheries at Ishikari River. Freshman class grateful for lessons on English.

Date: 1877 December 02download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Will attempt a proper Thanksgiving dinner. Full barns. Students are gentlemen, faithful and studious.

Date: 1877 December 30download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: New Years celebration and ceremonies. Fire in Sapporo.

Date: 1878 April 21download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: College report he sent was largely done before his arrival, but delayed in printing. Snow gone, ploughing has begun.

Date: 1878 May 19download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: In addition to teaching, he is preparing plans for new building. Has yet to transfer plants from hotbeds to fields. Minister of the Interior Okubo has been assassinated in broad daylight by fanatics opposed to reform. The murderers have been caught and "will be looked upon as heroes, no doubt, by many who think as they do…"

Date: 1878 August 11download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Climbed Mt. Tiene with students. Visit from two professors at Tokyo University: Mr. Morse (collecting shells) and Fenton (insects). Proposed having an agricultural fair: "I shall make it as much like a New England cattle-show as possible, omitting the 'hoss trot'."8

Date: 1878 December 08download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Thanksgiving dinner, eaten on the wrong day. Penhallows wish to have Brooks and Cutter continue to live with them. Servants.

Date: 1879 April 13download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Japan
Description: Unusual frog noises in Hokkaido. "Photographic fever" among the students at Hokkaido University.

Date: 1879 May 25download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Sapporo, Japan
Description: Asks about sister's new position. Discusses building a new house at the college. Governor is afraid foreigners will be jealous of his design.

Date: 1879 July 14download pdf
Writer: Brooks, William Penn
Recipient: to Rebecca Brooks
Place: Nannai, Hokkaido, Japan
Description: Discusses traveling to Nannai. Gives lecture on "Farm Economy". Asked to evaluate land for farming and public works.

 

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