A. C. Vroman
E[dward] H. Harriman
Vroman'sStaionery,Books,Photo Sup'sMr. E.H.Harriman, Pasadena, [ ] Dear Sir:Pardon the liberty taken herein, but after your visit to Japan in 1905 I had in correspondence with Mr. Skeda S. Nakamura (& also in conversation with them last summer while in Japan) word that you and Mr.Sweaim(?) were interested in the collection of "Netsuke"? Somewhat of a "sufferer" myself from that cause thought perhaps you might be interested enough to take an hour or so' "off duty"? to run through my collection,which I have been picking up during several trips to Japan in past 18 years. Something over 2000 pieces, some good ones. Mr. Nakamura mentioned your taking a "Benten," by Tokoku (Fugir)that was intended for my collection? So, I also have a little "grievance,"to "even up," also? Would say that I have 37 of Tokoku's pieces. I consider him the greatest living "Netsuke carver", if not of any age. Among the 37is what he says is his "Masterpiece." If you are interested I would be pleased to run through them with you. Mr. John Muir once spoke of you as enjoying such, also, while spending a few days with me, and this prompts me to take this liberty. Yours truly, A.C. VrowmanI would say the collection is not for sale, or exploit, simply a pleasure of my own, which I am willing to divide with others. A.C.V.
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 17, Image 1189
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