A Glympse of
Paske-Smith, M. - C.B.E, H.B.M. Consul, Nagasaki:
A Glympse of The "English House" and English Life at Hirado, 1613-1623, Kobe, Japan, J.L. Thompson & Co, printed by the Japan Chronicle Press, 1927 (Showa 2), staple bound, paper wraps, large 12mo (5 3/4 x 8 in. - 14.8 x 21 cm), frontispiece and 9 other full page black and white halftone illustrations, 70 pp. This pamphlet commemorates the dedication of the "English House" monument in Hirado on May 29, 1927. It contains a message from H.R.H. Price George and a Forward by the then British Ambassador to Japan, John Tilley. The pamphlet discusses the origin and evolution of British trade with Japan and the establishment of the British trading activity in Hirado (1613-1623). The British trading activity is discussed from the policy level down to the day to day interaction between the various parties on Hirado. It also deals with the key characters Iseyasu Tokogawa, Matsuura Hoinko, Will Adams & Richard Cocks.
The author provides very interesting commentary regarding the trading activity in Japan. Regarding the merchant sailors, he notes:
Jacks ashore was Jack ashore. Their pockets full of money from the sale of booty, the sailors used to surge through the small town, eating, drinking and fighting. No wonder that sometimes the townspeople laid hold of them until the English Captain bailed them out. In the end Cocks was compelled to restrict the sailors to Kawachiura, where special houses were built for their entertainment on the Hill above that small port. This Hill was known as Maruyama and when the Dutch moved to Nagasaki in 1641 the name of the hill was transferred to the same quarter in Nagasaki, where to-day (1927) the geisha quarter is still called "Maruyama" after its original on Hirado. (page 45)
While one often finds comments that Adams was buried in Hemi, Yokosuka, Paske-Smith, concluded that was incorrect and he was actually buried in Hirado, where he died. He states:
Adams therefore died at Hirado. Where was he buried? Could his remains have been transported to Hemi-mura? It seems quite out of the question. There were no means known in Japan to preserve bodies for such a long journey. Could his body have been cremated and the ashes take up north? I think not, because if so why did Cocks wait until December 1621 to deliver at Yedo the two swords of Adams to his son Joseph, to whom they had been willed:....
Contents. I. Introduction 9 II. English Trade 19 III. The "English House" 33 IV. The Nagasaki Agency 39 V. Social Life 43 VI. Matsuura Hoinko 47 VII. Will Adams, Master Pilot 49 VIII. Richard Cocks, Captain of the English 57 List of Guarantors of English Memorial 67 List of Subscribers to the English Memorial 68 Listing of Full Page Illustrations (black & white halftones). The English front of the English Memorial Frontispiece The Japanese front of the English Memorial 14 General Picture of Hirado. From an old drawing 18 The English back of the English Memorial 24 The "English House" at Hirado. From an old drawing 32 The Japanese back of the English Memorial 40 The "Dutch House" at Hirado. Taken from an old print 42 Prince Shigenobu Matsuura Hoinko 46 The Dutch Ship "de Liefde" 50 His Excellency Arthur Cocks, Lord Somers 58 Page The English front of the English Memorial Frontispiece (Wording on front of English Memorial here) The Japanese front of the English Memorial 14 General Picture of Hirado. From an old drawing 18 The English back of the English Memorial 24 The "English House" at Hirado. From an old drawing 32 The Japanese back of the English Memorial 40 The "Dutch House" at Hirado. Taken from an old print 42 Prince Shigenobu Matsuura Hoinko 46 The Dutch Ship "de Liefde" 50 His Excellency Arthur Cocks, Lord Somers 58 Colophon.
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