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Poh Yuen Tsai,
5 Newchang Road, Shanghai, China.

^[[May 22, 1919]]

Charles L. Freer.,
33 Ferry Street East
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your cablegram of the 8th inst and your letter of the 22nd April from New York for which kindly accept my sincere thanks.  In compliance with your instructions, I have pakced the antiques under seven boxes, containing in all 150 pieces.  There seems to be such demand for tonnage, I was compelled to change my shipping plans for no less than three times.  At first I have arranged to ship the goods by the s.s. "Empress of Asia", then the s.s. Methven", for twice difficulties had prevented me from getting the articles away as arranged.  At last I have succeeded in securing space with s.s."Columbia" one of the Pacific Mail Steamships which is scheduled to sail on the 25 inst,. hoping the shipment will reach you in due course of time.

I would like to invite your attention to the fact the jade knife an article used to belong to the late Viceroy Tuan Fang, remained cracked from the time when it was first excavated.  I am afraid this may not have been clearly stated in the descriptions.  The collections that are going to be shipped to you, represent some of the rare specimens of Chinese antiques and I trust they will please you.  I would like to solicit your kind help in disposing of the same.  If you have occasion to require my service again in the way of securing Chinese old paintings or other antiques, kindly advise ^[[me]] a little long beforehand, so that I may have more time to scrutinize things and secure what are worth while.  There seems to be quite scanty supply of good articles nowadays that would measure to the required standard.

Due to the internal disturbed conditions in China and th [[strikethrough]] wld [[/strikethrough]] world wide war, our business has been very slow and would request you will kindly introduce us to some of your friends when chances should offer [[strikethrough]] which [[/strikethrough]] which will undoubtedly r elieve our business stagnancy and for which we will be very grateful.  When you have disposed of the articles will you kindly keep with you the proceeds therefrom as the rate of exchange is very unfavourable at present and when it should turn better, we will wire to request you to remit the same to China.

Finally accept our sincere thanks for your efforts and interest in our behalf.  We trust you have now fully recovered from the recent trouble.  We are greatly interested in the museum you are going to found and will appreciate it very much if you will be kind enough to let us have a picture of the museum buildings when you have everything arranged, which we will keep as a souvenir.

With our kindest regards and best wishes,

Yours very faithfully,

[[signature]] Seaouke Yue [[/signature]]

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