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Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919).  Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children.  1919.

58. A JAPANESE BOY'S LETTER
(To Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow)
 
White House, Jan. 14, 1905.    

DEAR STURGIS:
  Last year, when I had Professor Yamashita teach me the "Jiudo"—as they seem now to call Jiu Jitsu—the 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:
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"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.
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  "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,
"Sincerely yours,

"A. KITGAKI."

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  Isn't it a nice letter?   7
 
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