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Imperial Hotels, Ltd. Tokio
(Imperial Hotel & Villa, and Metropole Hotel.)
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Imperial Hotel & Villa

May 30th 1907

My Dear Cam:

It was refreshing to receive your very interesting letter shortly after my arrival in the "land of ^[[the]] gods".  Since the day I left Detroit last fall to the present hour, there has been no lack of news of some sort or other, but there's no news like news from old friends even if it is mingled with much sadness.  And your good way of reporting events of all kinds is ideal.  What you wrote of Will's last hours was intensely interesting - He was a friend of tremendous qualities to those who really knew that those later moments of weak talk were the escape valves of exhausted nerves force.  No man could have had a bigger heart, and no one could have used it more advantageously had Will been of a less nervous, less impressionable nature.  During recent years, I have studied Will quietly but I think fairly well, and especially by comparing him in our early relations both socially and in business with what I have seen of him more latterly.

Environment meant much to Will.  He loved rational enjoyment, association with good fellows, books, gardens and things worth while.  When he had the strength to enjoy these Will was himself, and happily, you and I shall never forget the many evenings we have both spent with him when he was matchless.  Politics and certain business cares drained his vitality - They brought his impressionable nature and sensitiveness in close touch will elements of strong discord.  
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