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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...returned from Meaco by sea,
taking boat probably at Osaka, and this may account for his
returning to Firando rather than to Amanguchi. At Amanguchi,
however, he made up his mind to begin his new career of preaching.
He took with him the letters and presents from the Governor of the
Indies, the Bishop of Goa, and the Captain of Malacca, which had
been originally intended for the Mikado himself. He dressed himself
in a manner more becoming the Envoy of Portugal, and, with his
companions as attendants, demanded an audience of the Prince or
King of Naugato. He was very well received by the King, who was
charmed with the presents--among which Cosmo Torres tells us were a
'manicordio e relox, ' a musical instrument of some sort, and a
watch, with other more costly articles. Oxindono, as he was called,
was unwilling not to show all courtesy to the representative of the
secular and religious authorities of that half unknown power in
India and the Eastern Archipelago which had so strangely risen up
of late years, to interest and alarm the various countries at whose
ports its ships were so continually presenting themselves, laden
with strange merchandise of the most costly sorts, and whose
prowess in arms seemed quite on a par with its spirit, of
mercantile adventure. The next day an edict was placarded in the
city of Amanguchi, allowing of the preaching of the Christian
religion, and an empty 'bonzery' or monastery was assigned for the
residence of the new teachers. A large present of gold and silver,
which Oxindono sent to them, had previously been refused by
Francis. We have now reached a point in the history of Francis
Xavier's stay in Japan at which we may again use his own words. The
following letter is remarkable for its comparative brevity, ...
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