Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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SIAM AND CHINA
Macao, 22nd January, 1912.
Dear Mother :
I am sending you the result of my work of these last days. I do not know how many times I have written and rewritten the article, cutting, adding, and altering it.
I hope to have succeeded in making it interesting.*
When I took leave of Prince Damrong on 31st December, it seemed to me that at that moment I paid the last farewell to Siam. But now I have really no time to recall the happy past days. I must give myself entirely up to China, which is probably passing through the most interesting period of her whole history. I have noted down all the interviews I have had at Canton and at Macao, and I am preparing another article. I beg you to give the MSS. to Maffio, especially requesting you to recommend it to him warmly, and above all to return it to you if it is not adapted to the journal; add that my article on China will be sent to the Tribuna direct, as it is after Tripoli of the greatest interest. This morning I went for a walk in the garden of the dead poet Camoens, where I copied some verses addressed to the memory of that unhappy Portuguese writer.
In the afternoon I for some time watched a tennis-match in which De Mello took part. The rest of the time I have spent writing. It is pleasantly cold.
* This refers to the last article on Siam sent to the Tribuna, entitled : a A False Prophecy.a