Letter to James and Mabel Cantlie (1905)

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Yokohama, Sept. 9. 1905

My dear Doctor and Mrs Cantlie

I must apologising of not write to you earlier than this. I have arrived here for over a month but was engaged most every day with the Chinese students in Tokyo. We have eight thousands in this country now and still many hundreds coming over every month. It will be soon come up into the thousands. China has greatly awaken in undoubtedly proved by this. The (illegible text) so the students who came out from the remotest part of China such provinces as Szecheun and Yunnan etc, are more progressing then those who living in
the vicinity of the treaty ports. And those who came out later are more as than those who came before. England is the first country that Chinese students went there to study and the other European countries is only recently but I found that those students just come out to Germany and Belgium are more advancing in ideas than those who have been many years in England and France. This is a very strange thing but it is a fact. The people general in the backward country of China are more eagerly to seek western knowledges and sciences than those people in the
coast provinces which come into contact with Europeans for many generations.

On my return to Japan this time I have been entertained in a welcome reception in Tokyo by two thousand Chinese students publicly. The Pekin Government was greatly alarmed over this and urged its Minister in Tokyo to take measure to prevent the students to be imbided with revolutionary idea. The Chinese minister has approached the Japanese government many time and (illegible text) to get me to be expelled from the country, but the Japanese government refused to comply such request.

I will learn there for Saigon on business on the end of this month, and will write to you again when I get there.

With many compliments

Yours very truly

Sun Yat Sen

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