A. C. Vroman
E[dward] H. Harriman
Pasadena, [ ]
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.
I would say the collection is not for sale, or exploit, simply a pleasure of my own, which I am willing to divide with others.
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25.5 cm.
Vroman, A. C., "Letter from A. C. Vroman to E[dward] H. Harriman, [ca. 1908]." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5636.
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