||Letter to Shilong Uncle
||Chinese envelope and letter to Shanglian Wu (Eng)
"Shanglian my brother,
Your wife asked me to inform you that it ha been years since you traveled afar to a foreign country. The money you sent home could not meet the need, so they borrowed about three hundred dollars from others. In addition to that, the tuition fee of Hongxin and Zhongmei is a lot, and everything if highly expensive. So the money you sent home every year is not enough to meet the expense. Since there is no way to borrow money now, hope you can send more money home for food. This is what we are hoping for.
Year of Wu (?)
Shangcan (Name on the seal is: Jingyun)
||Envelope and Two letters to Shanglian Wu (Eng)
B: from his son Hongxin.
"Shanglian My Father,
We received ten US dollars you sent in the twelfth month, and have used it because we have various household expenses and things are highly expensive. My great man wrote to instruct me frequently that I should study at home and not fool around.... However, both I and sister Zhongmei have quite a few educational expenses, hope my great man can send a hundred or so to Shikuan and Zhongmei for our education. Moreover, we need one or two hundred for food supply, and there is no way to borrow money in our village at this time. So please send a hundred or so to Zhingmei immediately.
Uncle is now married. The expense of the wedding is about one thousand and seven or eight hundred. We still owe seven or eight hundred. We need to discuss with grandfather to return this money soon. The interest is terribly high now. We must be cautious.
The twenty-ninth of the first month, Republic of China, Son, Hongxin."
C: From his brother Shangzhuo Eng
It has been years since we were parted in Canton.
Your son has been studying in Guoyu School for years and has acquired good knowledge of literature. In addition to that, he has graduated from four years of private tutoring. Although he is supposed to go to highschool, due to the vast expense, he remained in our village for two more years. At this time, it is difficult for students in our village to study somewhere else. The cheapest school in Canton costs more than a thousand dollars. Taishan (Toisan) middle school also costs eight hundred dollars or so. Changping seems to be the best choice at this time. It has eight teachers and more than 230 students every year. This school is considered to be the best in east town. However, it does not allow students to absent themselves unless there is an emergency, and tuition needs to paid in advance.... Please send a hundred or so to Zhongmei Co., for Hongxin and Zhongmei's education as soon as you receive the letter.
The eighteeth Year of the Republic,
The 28th of the first month,
||Envelope and two letters.
A: Chinese envelope, addressed to Shanglian Wu (Eng)
B: Letter to Shanglian Wu from his wife.
"Words offered up to Shanglian my worthy husband for examination.
Greetings! We have received the money you sent home earlier. Please do not worry. I heard that you are planing to have a Second Uncle go over to the port. Hope you consider it throughly before you take action. You are brother's when you are young, but you will become two households in the future. Our boy is now a teenager, he can go abroad to make a living too. It is better to take Hongxin to the port first. At this time everything is getting expensive and we all rely on income from foreign counties. six or seven months had passed since we received ten dollars at New Year. There was also five dollars sent home for food, but it is very difficult to meet our need. Hopeyou can take ship back to Tang, (China) I will entrust things to you.
The 18th year of the Republic,
12th of the Fifth month,
Your unworthy wife, Li Da."
C: Letter to Shanglian Wu Eng from his son.
"My great father, kneeling, I respectfully report to you. The money Mr. Shiman took back to us has been stored safely. You did not send any message to us. We were eagerly expecting . Is it because there is no ink for sale and no paper for sale in the United States? Years ago, we were an extrended family. It was Grandmother who took charge of everything. Recently we have separated into different households. Nobody is taking care of family affairs, and there has been a lot of unbearable gossip, which will be unbelievable to you. Now, my great man has been abroad for more than ten years. You must have accumulated a lot of gold, and have prosperous business. I regret that we are confined at home, just like Confucius was confined in the state of Chen. My great man sent a letter instructing my sister and I to enter school. We have done as you instructed. However, my great man never takes care of our family affairs. We have neither tuition nor food funds, so we are looked down upon by others. The money grandfather sent home was not enough for us. And we have no way to borrow money. Not even from Second uncle nor Aunt's husband. Hope you understand that two brothers will become two households after they grow up. Now I heard that my great man accumulated what you earned from more than ten years work to pave the way for second uncle to fo to the United States. If you really did so, Mother, sister and myself will plan to make our own living. It is our greatest hope that you will deliever messages often and send gold and silver frequently. So our family members will not become famine victims. Respecfully, I offer this mesage to you. May you enjoy Golden Peace.
The 18th year, the ninth of the fifth month.
||Invoice in printed Gom Hong envelope.
A: Envelope addressed to Shanglian Wu (Eng), From: Eng Pohou.
B: One Chinese invoice.
To Shanglian Wu Eng wiht one month's record of income and expenses. Shanglian owes a total of one hundred and eight dollars and sixty cents. Recorded by Yuxuan.
||Letter, receipt from Dr. Murray for Shing Lin Eng.
A: Western envelope entitled: "Important documents inside: Physician's medical statement." in Chinese.
B: Statement, April 10, 1923, from DA Murray MD saying Shing Lin Eng has been under his care re remove a scar.
C: Receipt of Dr. Murray for $25.00 for services.
D: Invoice in Chinese to Shidi Eng from Zee Tai Co. 1922. "Boarding for two months and twelve days - a total of 72 days. Total expense including food - 28 dollars and eighty cents. 13th of the last month, 11th year of the Republic, Zee Tai, Port Townsend"
||Envelope with two invoices and three photographs
A: Envelope addressed to Mr. Lim at Him Yick Long Co., San Francisco, Cal. To: (Xuan li Lin)
B: Invoice - To: Shidi Eng (Ng) from Yuzhan store in Hong Kong. Expenses include taking picture, seeing eye doctor, for a total of $269.39
C: School Tax receipt, Territory of Alaska. July 28, 1922, to Ng Sheng Lim for five dollars.
||King Fur Cafe menu
Above the Gom Hong Co store at 709 1/2 King St. Seattle.
Silver faux leather paper cover with English and Chinese sections.
||King Fur Cafe
||four packages of envelopes
wide red stripe down center
back flap chinese symbols and words
||two page letter
written in all english
dated July, 8 1933
to: Mrs. Smith
||envelope and contents (A-F_
in corner Gorn HOng Co. 709 King St.
B: letter with Ning Yung Ben. Ass. San Francisco, all in chinese writing
1Reciept:" Now we have recieved One Yuan mebership fee for the first Ren Qin Conference( conference help you recongnize your relates) , which from Mr. Wu Shangjie who live in Ping Sui village, Xia Pin Bao. Person who recieved his moneny: Mai Li Ning Yung Ben. Association Feb. 30th. of 18th. years of Republic Of China"
2 Registion Certificate:" Mr. Wu Shangjie who is 23-year-old live in Ping Sui village, Xia Pin Ba. He followed the 8th. registion instrument of the first Ning Yung Ren Qin Conference in America to registed and paid for one Yuan membership fee for the Conference. This is a certificate for him. Person who recieved his money: Mai Li Hoi Sun Ning Yung Ben. Ass'n Feb. 30th. of 18th years of Republic Of China"
C: a letter in all chinese writing
D: Directions for a clock-all in english
E: A gaurantee from Ingraham Co. with orange background
F: sealed envelope-front has " I owe you $6.50 and a name
||Individual Income Tax Return
filled completely out
Back: has instructions
all english in blue ink
written from Harry
to: Libby McNeil in Alaska
date: July 14 1931
A: letter head: The Admiralty Port Ludlow WASH
May 13 1930
written to Mr. Eng
three pages long
B: Same letterhead as A
dated July, 15 1930
written to Mr. You
two pages long
from Mrs. Smith
||letter in blue ink
written to Libbey McNeil
April 26, 1931
all in english
paper is wide ruled with blue horizontal lines
2 side holes
||envelope with no contents
address to Mr. Eng Suly in purple ink
stamped Dec. 7, 1932 from Seattle
purple U.S. stamp 3 Cents
left egde ripped open
||A: dental x-ray
to Mr. Eng
lower right tooth
x-ray from Dr. Bourassa
Dr. Ray in front of address
left top Dr. Edward A. Bourasa
908 Medical-Dental Building
right corner: someones name
middle is a date of 1-7-32
||A: letter to Suey from Libby McNeill
2 pages long in black ink
B: letter to Suey
date Feb. 13, 1933
two pages long in black ink
address to MR. Suly Eng
Port Ludlow WA
stamped Feb 14, 1933
purple U.S. stamp 3 cents
||Inspection card from U.S. Public Health Services
front: left corner purple stamp
date May 26 1934
passed at Hong Kong along with vaccination inspection and date
back: chinese symbols and picture (black and white) of passenger
two blue ink slash marks across back
||Individual INcome Tax Return
calender year 1932
name to Eng Suey from Port Ludlow
attached is blue reciept #110920 for $20.74
backside are Instructions and Penalties
red lined box on front
chinese writing in three rows
||A; paper letter in blue ink
date Dec. 17 1931
address- 2031 Franklin, SEattle
red U.S. pastage stamp 2 Cents
stamped Dec. 18, 1931
adress- Mr. Eng Box 162 Port Ludlow Wash.
opened on right side
||letter and envelope (A and B)
A: 2 page paper letter with blue ink
right upper corner address-1304 Stevens St. SEattle
date sideways on left side-Dec. 6 1932
to Suey from Harry
U.S. postage red 2 cent stamp
stamped Nov. 3, 1931
address to: Mr. Eng c/o Admiralty Hotel
opened on right side
||Individual Income Tax Return Sheet and Copy
front: used for Departing Aliens
year 1933 Aug 11
name Suey Eng
||paper letter with blue ink
address upper right corner-1304 Stevens St.
date: Nov 3, 1931
to Suey from Harry Eng, just below name chinese writing
||two letters A and B
A: paper letter with black ink
1 page long
date: May,23 1931
letter head:The Admiralty
Chas. R. Mr Cormick Lumber Co., Port Ludlow
B: 2 page letter with black ink
date May, 26, 1931
same letter head as letter A
||A: 2 page stiff paper letter
green paper with blue ink
upper right corner-211 14th AVe. Seattle
Dec. 11, 1932
to Suey from:Walter D followed by chinese writing
purple U.S. postage 3cent stamp
stamped DEC. 12, 1932
address to:MR. Eng the Admiralty, Port Ludlow WA
opened on right side
||1 page paper letter, front and back
written in pencil
to: Mrs. SMith from:ENG
lots of mark outs throughout letter
black ink in chinese
from seattle-upper right
date-JAn 23, 1933
translation of the letter:
Shang Jie Brother just like seening you, Last time you have bought five shares of stocks with the worth of $500.00 from the Oil and ink company. We have registered you and sent your money to the capital and hope that the company can start manufacturing soon.I am very pleased with your enthusiasm since you know the benefits of this business. The company will open soon , I hope we have hired the right people and we will have good business and we won't disappoint the expectations of the shareholders.Please keep the receipt for future official paper.
opened at top
red bar down front middle with chinese
A: envelope stamped Sep. 18 1929
to: Lun Suery 709 King St. Seattle
right side 2 chinese symbols
from: U.S. Dept. of Labor
opened on right side
B:business card L2" W3"
front:Blanc's Cafe lower right-green frog
"Where epicureans meet" 308 marion St.
back: red ink- "a business built on distinctions"
C: paper L6.5" W3.5"
black ribbon edging, black chinese writing also in pencil
D:INcome Tax Reciept L8" W10"
front: green paper "sheet B" serial #31082
Back: notice of termination of taxable period instructions
E:2 identical photos L3" W2.5"
black and white, man in suit and tie
F:square cardboard business L2" W3.5"
side one:Mr. Smith 1705 Belmot chalburn Apt.
side two: Smith 4th and University c/o American mail-seattle
G:paper reciept L2" W3.5"
yellow with black ink
U.S. Dept. of labor Immigration Service no. 95411
front:right corner red U.S. postage 20 cent stamp
To: chong may co. Sai Mon St. China, written in black
from:Gom Hong Co. Seattle, black stamp
left chinese writing in black ink
2 purple stamps
back: 5 red lined stickers sealing flap
2 purple stamps with date MAR 30 1934
right side- 1 black stamp
opened on side
||envelope and letter (A-B)
typed address to Mr. Ling Wong
709 King St. Seattle
from: (printed) King County Welfare Dept.
327 Lyon Building
red ink stamp of U.S. Postage 3 cents
red ink circular stamp dated June 30, 1949
opened on right side
Notice of Grant Approval(letter head)
tyepd letter showing a change in a monthly grant to Mr. Wong
back: shows how monthly grant was figured (typed)
||envelope and letter (A-B)
front: along all edges red and blue squares
1. red with great wall scenery and plane #500
2.green man with moustache 50.00
3.purple man 30.00
address to Jon Hong Co. in blue ink
also on left three columns of chinese writing in blue ink
opened on left side
top red stamp of chinese writing
red thin vertical lines
completely filled with chinese writing
||packet of 20 envelopes (white)
with paper band grouping them
on edge of band in pencil 15 cents written
||envelope and letter (A-B)
A: envelope (white)
top left corner chinese writing then Gom Hong Co.
709 King St. Seattle
back: two seal stain marks
very fine and thin paper
two holes at top
blue border with blue vertical lines
chinese writing in black ink
ShoreLawn Linen finish
front cover: upper half blue and white lake with sailboat scenery and silver and aqua border
lower half: four blue blocks of blue and white "writing tablet" in the middle
Inside: wide ruled blue lined paper
back cover:plain cardboard
||Letter to Mr. Ru Jiao from Shikuan Eng at Port Gamble.
"Rujiao, my dear brother,
I have received your letter and have know the situation. You instructed me to send money back, but you have money left here. Please contact brother Shizhen regarding this issue. I am not abl eot make the decision.
||A hand- made booklet with paper string binding and folded pages containing various prescriptions for treating medical problems.
||Xuan chao Liang yao fang
||Ration Book Holder and two sets of letters (A-C)
A: Book Holder
calender for 1943 on back with adverstisement for buying U.S. war bonds
B: 17 unlined paper with chinese writing all in pencil
C: 8 blue lined notebook paper with chinese writing all in pencil
plastic window on left
printed black ink in left corner: Federal Security Agency
right corner: 1. black in k stamp"Buy U.S. Bonds on Payroll Savings"
2. blank in circular stamp, date Sep 20, 1949 from San Francisco
B: Seattle General Hospital Reciept
total bill: $99.15
to Mr. Charlie Ling
at top water damage on ink
C: Seattle General Hospital Receipt
date Aug24, 1944
"paid" stamp on bottom left corner
D:Certificate of Social Insurance Award
front: date Sept. 20,1949
Claim # 532-24-8194-A
to: Ling Wong
witha green flower border
everything was typed
back: instructions for various things, all black typed
||envelope address to:
Mrs. Henry T. Bradley
530 E. 86th ST.
New York, N.Y.
||envelope and receipt (A-B)
red bar down middle of front
opened at top
black ink chinese writing on front
B: Receipt from:
Home Furnit____-page torn off from that point
filled out in unlegible pencil
a balance of 13.10
||envelope with black ink in chinese
writting written sideways on front
back flap has more chinese
with a stamped black address
Wing Chong Co.
Toy Sun District
slight water stains in corners
C.T. Sun 900 W. Temple St.
L.A. Calif. U.S.A.
left edge: black chinese writing
top center: stamp dated Mar 4 1924
right top corner:black U.S. postage two cent stamp
middle: black ink address-unlegible name
ripped on right side edge
back: two chinese symbols
red border with picture of man at top left and phone. 19457
also at top:C.T. Sun and address in black
black handwritten chinese writing
handwritten black in address center to :
Long P. Eng
129 1/2 Victor Ave.
Highland Park, Mich
address on left edge sideways:
Ah Sing, General Hospital
Port Angeles, Wash.
back right edge black chinese writing
address to: Yue Jan
Connaught Road W.
Hong Kong, China
right edge: chinese writing
brown cover with black ridged bingding
inside blue lined paper with a few sheets torn out
on first page is chinese writing in black
names and addresses of various people
back cover upside down is Ah Jook Port Townsend, Washington
B: tucked in middle are six black and whit head shots of same man in suit and tie
two chinese war bonds with numbers 007563 and 007562
three squares on each page
on each square:
purple border, green background, red #'s, black chinese writing
on back: black border, orange background, and english writing with instructions
pages are cut through center of each square
||Plain paper with black Chinese writing on one side
folded and wrinkled paper.
Prescription for Chinese medicine for heart attack.
It consists of:
Chinese Angelica, 6 gm.
Plum pit, 6 gm.
Chinese rubarb prepared with alcohol, 5 gm.
Cannabis seed roasted, 9 gm.
Peony root 9 gm.
Safflower 3 gm.
One ingredient not translated.
A: receipt for ship passage and eye treatment
to: Ng Lun Suey
aboard steamship President Jefferson to SEattle
date: Oct. 35, 1923
The Admiral Oriental Line
B: application/duplicate of a laborers return certificate from U.S. Dept. of Labor Immigration Service
all typed except for dates and adress
to:Ng Lun Suey
C:document from U.S. Public Health Service stating that Ng Lun Suey does not have cerebro-spinal menengitis and has permission to sail
on lower left several green stamps with Jul 1930 dates with initials over them
stapled to page is cardboard Inspection Card:
on front black and white picture of man in suit and tie
back: information about passenger and vaccine information
||brown envelope opened at bottom
front is advertisement for "Weisfield and Goldberg"
in middle four leaf clover with a different man in each clove and a quote in the last clove saying " Meet us and wear diamonds"
at top: gaurantee of satisfactory work
at bottom: address and quote "IF Sam Weifield cna't repair your watch, throw it away"
A: in blue ink adress to Mr. Ah Jack
LIbby McNiell Libby
back: a chunk of red melted wax
inside envelope (A) is envelope (B):
typed: Mr. Shang Fat Eng
37 Leornard ST.
right corner: Min Hing Knitting Co.
with chinese writing on top
||A-C: three envelopes (identical)
red bar down middle of front
black chinese writing
red wax on two of them
||lower half red stamp with chinese inside
lower left corner-red chinese writing
black ink chinese(written) throughout paper
||Thin paper letter with red vertical lines with black handwritten Chinese in between.
"Shi Zhen, my dear husband,
I have the honor to inform you,
Nearly 10 years have passed since we separated in our hometown, because the family is so poor that you have to go abroad to make a living. You have been working hard and have experienced hardships in life. I am worried about this. Fortunately, you have been in good health and remained safe and I feel better for this. Thank you.
Now, I received your letter and with it 200 Yuan and 33 Yuan in coins. After deducting the commission I have 262 Yuan to meet family expenses.
All of the things you talked about in the letter I understand, but last year you sent 300 Yuan.
Last year we sent you several letters asking for news of Shang Fu; does he have a job? You didn't tell us about it. The relatives coming back from the US say Shang Fu sauntering through life spending money like water. Is it true?
You have sent no word about this.
When you receive this letter please teach him how to save his money.
In the past Shang Fu often communicated with us, but we have heard little from him. Since he left Jing Xiang Store he is little concerned about his mother and family. The opinions about him are widely divided. As his mother I feel uncomfortable. Please tell me if he is working, has left for another place or lost his job.
Jin Yi is going to the school of Chang Ping and the tuition is 30 Yuan a year with other fees so Jin Yi is taking food at home to cut down expenses. Prices are rising and family expenses are large. The family needs 5 - 600 Yuan.
You asked me to give Cheng Cao 10 Yuan and Pan Sen 5 Yuan and I have done so.
Jin Yi is growing up. I earnestly hope you apply to allow him to travel to the US.
In brief, after two more years of study we need to send him to the US to work, then in a few years you and he can come back. Jin Yi will get married.
The money we have gotten from you has mostly been used to repay the loan. The few spare Yuan is left to meet family expenses. We hope we can get more money from you soon.
February 24, 1929"
||Thin paper Letter in black handwritten Chinese writing in between red thin vertical lines. Water stains in middle of paper
As your son I am bowing on my knees and report to you respectfully,
Your letter and money was received. In all it was 50 Yuan bills, 13 Yuan in coin. Self Control Association takes 1 Yuan and the bank takes 35 cents as a comission. I gave 10 Yuan to Sheng Cao. The remaining money will be for the family's expenses. Do not worry please.
How is our elder brother? We have not heard news of him.
If elder brother has commited some dishonorable act to create a rift in the deep affection between father and son, you had better teach him.
Mother worries about this since you have not spoken of him in recent letters.
The members of the family are increasing and so are expenses. For the whole year it is not less than several hundred Yuan.
In the last letter you told me to stay at home and study for 2 - 3 years more, butI have finished all of the courses in the village school and must go to a higher grade school. Before we erceived your last letter, mother thought the expenses would be too much at the Chang Ping school - the tuition and other fees for one year is more that 100 Yuan and to board there is another 70 Yuan - so if we could not pay the money on time I would have to suspend my studies. We deceide to reserve the money first and I am staying at home until the end of this year waiting for your reply.
If our elder brother does not get along with father, mother says to send him home, even though this would increase expenses.
When Lian Fu returned he (elder brother ?) asked hime to give mother one gold coin. When Shang Son came back he asked him to take $20 to mother. No more money was sent back and we have not heard more news of him until we received your letter. Actually he sent letters and money very rarely. I heard that he quarreled with Uncle Shisui and left for another place.
Ww wondered if he got another job after leaving the Jin Xiang Store. He never was one to cherish money, but spent it like water, so that mother and all of the family are worrying. Mother hoped that by sending hime to America he would make the family rich. Now things are contrary to our wishes. Mother would like elder brother to see how poor we are, awaken his conscience, and cause him to be a good son.
In this case father has to send his family 400 or 500 Yuan t opay family expenses in addition to sending us 4 -5 letters every year so we do not miss him so much. Please keep your good health, and be careful.
With best wishes, your son,
Jin Yi nad grand son Pan Sen.
PS. If someone comes back to China please send a woolen pink shirt for Yue Qian and a woolen cap.
handwritten black ink chinese written directly on red vertical lines
||very thin paper
black ink chinese in between red vertical lines
front: in red chinese writing and date 1922
three columns of chinese and date 1924
one column of chinese and date 1923
back: form not filled out
deals with "condition of patient" and operation findings
one side: black handwritten chinese with date of 1922and 1925
along left edge:phone el. 3901
second side: dates of 1923-1924
followed by more black chinese handwritting
||brown, very wrinkled paper
in center with blue color
General Provider Hong Kong
then the other half in complete chinese
||16 various envelopes packaged together by brown plain paper
A: brown paper with green chinese
back in pencil with more chinese
B: brown paper in pencil
Norval F. Graneberg
1727 W56th St.
with chinese left corner lower
||very thin almost see-through paper
instructions in german, english and other languages
for a special pair of scissors
18 steps with a picture for each one
torn in the lower left corner
||two receipts together by a metal pin
A:brown paper dated Dec. 15 1924
to Gom Hong Co.
from B.R. Anderson Co.
all info typed except for pencil "paid" statement
total amount $440.40
B: copy of Consumption Entry dated Dec 15 1924
detailed write up of items brought in and tax prices
on back declaration statements
A: Consumption Entry dated Aug. 4, 1924
four receipts of items purchased and stapled together
cost of duty tax is $316.01
B: Consumption Entry dated Aug. 24,1925
typed list of items bought and duty among of $113.14
a brown paper receipt pinned and paper clipped together from B.R. Anderson and Co. listing taxation prices and a purple "paid" stamp in the middle
C: Consumption ENtry dated Jan. 25, 1926
three receipts stapled
listed and typed entries of items bought
total duty amount of $457.90
pinned to it: small plain paper with frieght particalurs totaling $131.65
D:Consumption Entry dated April 2,1925
seven receipts listing items bought and last paper totaling numbe of packages which are 1,213
the duty amount is $1326.39
brown paper from B.R.Anderson and Co. pinned taxation prices totaling $1637.38 and in pencil "paid" statement
E: Consumption Entry and Loading Record of Import Freight Receipt
brown paper from B.R. Anderson and Co. pinned stating taxation prices totaling $25.91
F: three Consumption Entry receipts dated NOv. 7, 1924
duty total of $281.71
pinned is B.R. Anderson and Co. brown paper receipt of taxation prices totaling $440.70
also in pencil "paid' statement
G: badly stained Consumption Entry receipt dated April 27, 1927
lists items bought and duty total is $748.49
pinned to it upside down is receipt from B.R. Anderson and Co. receipt with taxation prices totaling $855.09 also freight particulars listed totaling $136.70 in pencil " paid" statement
H: four Consumption Entry receipts dated Jan. 4, 1926
listing items bought and duty total of $619.00
pinned is B.R. Anderson and Co. listing taxation prices totaling $832.00with freight particulars totaling $178.00 i
in pen "paid" statment
I: B.R. Anderson and Co. receipt dated Jan. 26, 1926
with taxation prices totaling $732.95 with puprle "paid" stamp in middle
||reciept dated Dec. 24, 1924
amount for $8.00
from: R. Asukura
526 King St. Seattle
receipt no. 5183
left side has rigded edge
||greeting card in envelope
green cardboard with glued on colored scenery of house in country surrounded by snow backdrop of mountains
written in ink: Dear friend,
Thank you for your nice present to me. Your friend T.B. Loveless
weathered card with spot stains
green envelope with red 2 cent stamp
water stain ruined address
stamped Dec 31, 1924 from Seattle
||three sets of bunched together envelopes
plain white slightly discolored
blue paper band surrounds each bunch
gold colored edging with a crown in the middle
also next to crown are words "Extra Superfine"
||31 pages of blank paper bunched together as a packet
thin red line running horizontal
possibel chinese along edge of packet
||cream colored paper all in pencil A-C
A: top edge ripped off
various sections of notes appearing to be about a council and thier process of making decisions
B; one section about how to get a job and how to sell flowers to a customer with a given example. below and upside down is a saying " Women can love two men, but not with the same feeling"
other side has a reciepe for Spiced Grape Juice
C: top section-writing how Japenese military is killing thousands of Chinese etc.
middle section: various listings of words
||cream colored paper written all in pencil
written in Chinese
A: writing front and back, both are poems
A.1: The title of the poem is Mu Lan joins the military
Shocking war fire, responding to the call for the soldiers,
why a woman wants to go to a war?At home are white hair parents , the young beauty has to be thousands of miles away, she forgot her soft hands, ambition accompanying the thought of filiat, a very special woman through the ages, today her name is on the history .
A. 2:this is a poem called : feeling for the season
one of two , This is a poem describing the geeses flying in the sky at sun set,sad people are all over the places , specially when all the maple leaves of wu river are all fallen , feel sad of the disaster year after year.
two of two, skocking that the Japanese are occupying Shan Young, I am sad to hear that the city is covered with war fire, Zu Shang repeatedly hitting the oar in the river, will not return home if mid plain is not recovered
B: writing in chinese front and single english word on back "Investigator"
||dark brown paper A-F
A: only Violet Fleming written across top
B: listing of day arrivals of ships;
Dollar Steamship, Blue Tunnel, and C.P.R. Steamship
the three Chinese characers on the left corner is the name of the boat:"Queen Ship"
C: writing about the Chinese Delegation meeting with last attempt with League of Nations, all in pencil
D: names of two different chinese groups with chinese on the right side
E: all writting in Chinese
translation: title: present to XX is returning to the east
we met abroad after so many years of separation, all of sudden we have to sing the farewell song again, and I feel sad. Today , we are going to be apart and I don't have any gift to give to you, I am writing this poem only to express my feelings.
||notebook paper with blue lines and three holes on the side
A: one side chinese in pencil and black ink
other side cutouts and pasted on colored circular items
two latitued and longitude
two pie charts
two possible North and South poles
translations of the Chinese:
From right to left
There are three paragraphs of writings, each paregraph represents one form of letter writing, in the first paragraph, the writer writes about how much he (she) missed his(her) friend since their separaion, his (her) life is as usual ,there is not much to mention , but feels comforted by his (her)own good health .Remembering the good time of the past just like yesterday, the writer writes about his sad feeling regarding the separation.
The second paragraph of writing is a sample writing to an older person or a person with higher position: the paragraph expressed the feeling of missing someone of great honor after the separation also wishing the person good health.Receiving letter and guidance of a person of great honor, even the separation is so far apart, you feel like you are with the person.
The third paragraph is a format of writing to a person with equal position, this paragraph expressed the feeling of admiration and the feeling of happiness about the person's success.
The last line written in pencil explained that last letter was written in a rush and the writer was not able to write all the thoughts on his (her) mind that is why he is writing another letter .
B: two very large circular colored cutouts of the earth
This folder includes four pieces of small papers and a small envelope.
All four pieces of papers were in the envelope with four Chinese characters -Ning yung Ben. Association written on the front
This is a receipt of donation . Receipt number is 13311.
This receipt is printed with black ink. The two large Chinese characters are the words "receipt". The smaller letters on the very top of the receipt is the name of the organization:Ning Yung Ben. Association and the address:41 waverly Place, san Francisco, Cal., U.S. A.
translation inside the border:
Received by Mr.or Mrs. Chen(the name is not very clear) from Mr. Wu Luo Yi of Xia Ping fort, Ping An village one dollar donation for the first association meeting.The receipt issued by Ning Yung Ben. Association on October 31 , 1928(The 17th year of Republic of China)
Translation of the smaller characters on the right:
According to the decision No. 3 voted by the entire staff of the first association assembly preparation office on July 7th of the 17th year of the Republic of China(1928), all people over 18 from Ning Yung paid the one dollar due have been approved by the Ning Yung Ben. Association to be allowed to pass.
Translation of the bottom lines:
Doners should keep the receipt at the time of departure.
1999. 60. 508 B
This is Certificate of Registration number1963.
The name of the organization issued the certificate is on top of the certificate: Hoi Sun Ning yung Ben. association, 41 Waverly Place, San Francisco, Calif., U. S. A.
Wu Ming Yi , age 27 of Xia Ping fort ,Ping An village has followed the decision no. 8 of the registration rules voted by the first trans American Ning Yung Ben. Association assembly filled out the registration form and paid the one dollar due.
Translation of the line on the bottom:
Registers should keep this certificate and present it at the time of departure.
1999. 60. 508 C
This is receipt number 19193. issued by the same organization as the one recorded as 1999.60. 508 A. This one was issued to a different person Wu Shi Zhen on June 29, the 18th year of Republic of China(1929).
1999.60. 508 D
This is also a registration certificate , the same type as the one recorded as 1999.60. 508B. The number of this certificate is 7595. This certificate was issued to Wu Shi Zhen age 59 of Xia Ping fort , Ping An village on June 29, The 18th year of the Republic of China(1929).
||collapsable paper map of the roads and neighborhoods of Seattle
folds up into a stiff paper cover
cover: brown with orange design
"New Edition Map of Seattle"
picture of city horizon on the water
published by "The W.S. Parks Co." Seattle
price 25 cents
on the back of tha map:
information of varioius items
ticket offices, hospitals, autostages, and the street index, etc.
||foldable map of Shangai (in color)
all in chinese
fits into paper open ended jacket with chinese on the front as well
inside the map a brochure of Vancouver Island with a picture of a man fishing-inside a blue and white map of Vancouver Island and a picture of a ship
||document inside envelope
all in blue chinese
except in upper left corner within a circle a wheel with wings and "Flying Wheel Brand"
This sheet is the explainatrion sheet of the medicine, the sheet is divided into three sections , the left section includes the trade mark , the name of the medicine and the name of the company, the price per package of medicine is 40 cents, the middle section is the pathological origins of skin diseases,the upper part of the right section is the list of skin diseases the medicine will treat, for examples: cuts, insect bites, burns etc., the lower part is the explaination of the usage of the medicine.
red front with blue chinese
upper left within a cirlce a wheel and wings and "Flying Wheel Brand"
The four characters on the upper right are the words" trade mark"
The five big blue characters are: ointment for reducing swellings and exterminating virus.The four smaller characters on top of the five big characters are : "the sacred skin medicine". The four characters under the five big characters are:" necessary for travel and home." On th lower right there are double circles, inside the circles the Chineses words are:kill germs, exterminate virus, protect skin, grow new skin, at the left of the double circles is the name of the company: Yi zhong drug manufacturing company.
back.: white with blue Chinese characters, on top said "trade mark and flying wheel brand ", in the middle there are two circles, inside the right circle: trade mark flying wheel brand, sacred skin medicine and ointment for reducing swellings and exterminating virus, inside the left circle is the name of the company
bottom: The Yik Chung Drugs & Company
||Tranlation of a Chinese letter which is written by a son to his father who is in the US:
Honorable father. Your son as I am bending my knees on the presence of you and report respectfully.
Since you go board, it's a long time, we all are anxiously miss you a lot. Everyone in our family is fine now. Dont' worry.
The things you asked uncle Shi Kuau to bring for us a gold coin, and US dollar 20.00 are all received. Thank you. On the date of January 22nd they started to measure the area of the house at that time. The uncle Shi Quan stubbornly insisted and said "We (our family) have enough money to build a new house." In fact, the foot of wall in our old house have to be repaired. We earnestly hope father can send some money back to meet the expenses of it. If there is a mic woolen shirt in the US please buy and send to me. Thank you. With best wishes.
PS: Yesterday we've received 100 yuan which you sent on last December for the expenses of the Spring Festival. We hope father can send more money to us.
Date: February 4, 1924.
[note: The writer was poor education. The original text is illogical and ungrammatical. For example: -he asked his father to give them money
more and more times.
-at the endof of his letter he didn't sign his
||Translation of a thank you letter:
It is in new aspect, a turning point in your fortunes. We all enjoy the spring scenery. The apricots are pink in the spring breezes. The sunflower lean towards to the sun in a beautiful day. In this nice time I congratulate you, my dear young brother Shi Bao on it. Your moral character just like the spring breezes blow over the fields, makes everything reviving. The good fortune is coming to you steadily. Welcome you place us an order for pork. Thank you very much. So I sent this thank you letter and our gratitude to you. With best wishes.
Your humble servand
December 2, 1925
Translation from a Chinese letter which is written by two sons to their father.
Note: In China, it was popular in the past, in the name of two people to write a letter to someone or more than one.
Your son as I am bending my knees on presence of youa nd report respectfully. Sicne you left home and went out several years have passed. We miss you very much. We guess you are in good health and safety. These are our great expectations. We are studying in the school. Everything is going fine, don't worry.
Now, on the date of November 6th of Chinese lunar calender it is the 12th anniversary of our school and opening meeting of the 22nd district branch association of Kuomintang too. We have celebration on them. Will have a good time. The other is the things you asked elder brother Shang Quan brought back to us. We all received and everyone in our family is going fine, don't worry, thank you. We write specially to inform you [ In China, the son cannot say "inform you." It is better to say "report you."] I respectfully wish you happy
Eng, Xiu Hong
Eng, Zhen Hong
November 7, 1926
||Tranlation of a Chinese letter which was written by two sons to their father:
Honorable father. Your sons as we are bending our knees on presence of you and report you respectfully. We've go your letter in successively. Since you left, you sent us things and money are all received. Thank you. Just on July 26th, Uncle Shi Quan brought back a gold - boy and gold - silver coin 5 piece to us from you are received too. Thank you. Don't worry.
You ask about the expenses of what was done on the mountain. It was just a few 2 yuan to Xinsheng and 1.6 yuan to Shang Jing brothers but the Cuo Yu scholar said "it is the best time to make up it in the next year March to April." If Uncle Shi Zong have spare time come back please. To handle it if not, please inform us more early. We can have plenty of time to conduct it.
Our relatives on mother side are studying in Nan Village school, but the teachers in the school were kidnapped. The kidnapper wanted a ransom to return the 3 teachers back. And the ransom is too high. The total is 75000 yuan, but grandmother's (on mother's side) family is in straightened circumstances. So mother gave him supporting silver coin 20 yuan.
As to buy land to build the house. To buy land there are a lot of things to be done. It's not yet now, let's report to you later.
Now, everyone in the family is fine. Don't worry and we hope you take care of your safety and health, and want to receive your more letters. We write specially and respectfully. Wish you happy.
August 1, 1922
||Tranlation of Chinese account sheet:
May 19, 1931
Save 600 yuan
June 26, 1931
Xiu Tong drew 20 yuan
June 28, 1931
Xiu Tong drew 20 yuan
July 5, 1931
Xiu Tong drew 50 yuan
July 8th, 1931
Xin Tong drew 20 yuan
The price of steamer tickets 393.50 yuan
Xin Tong drew 28.65 yuan
Zhen Tong drew 70 yuan
Total drew 600 yuan
The new balance 0.00 yuan
To brother Shi Bao
July 9, 1931
||Translation from a Chinese record of an interview with a customs officer:
Officer: What's your name?
Answer: My name is Ru Sheng.
Officer: How old are you?
Answer: I am twelve years old.
Officer: What is your last name?
Answer: My last name is Eng.
Officer: Where were you born?
Answer: I was born in China.
Officer: What is your birth place in China?
Answer: I was born in the Ding An Village, Tai Shan County, Guangdong Province.
Officer: Where do you live now?
Answer: I live in Dong hua village.
Officer: What's your exact place of birth in Ping An Village?
Answer: Da-Si-Jian house. Da-Wu-Jiao Lane
Officer: How long did you live in Ping An village?
Answer: I have lived there for 9 years.
Officer: How far is the Donghua village from Ping An Village?
Answer: About 500 meters.
Officer: Who shared the houses with you in Ping An Village?
Answer: I shared the house with Ai-Da-Gong.
Officer: You lived in the front-door or side-door?
Answer: I lived in the side door.
Officer: Who lived in your opposite door?
Answer: It was Yu Qun.
Officer: Who lived in the rear house behind yours in your former residence now?
Answer: It is Shi Huan's mother.
Officer: What's about the front house (in the front of yours)?
Answer: The midwife Ms Li lives there now.
Officer: Is there any pool in Ping An Village?
Answer: Yes there is.
Officer: The exact place where you live in Dong Hua Village?
Answer: I live in Da-Er-Jian house. Da-Shan-Jiao Lane.
Officer: How many houses are there in Dong Hua Village?
Answer: About 12-13 houses.
Officer: Is there any temple or ancestral Hall?
Answer: No, none of them.
Officer: What is the direction of the Dong Hua Village?
Answer: It faces west-south.
Officer: Is there any country fair around Donghua Village?
Answer: Yes there are. About 100M apart from Donghua village it is 2 times in 10 days. It opens on the dates of 4th, 9th, 14th, 24th, and 29th every month. Once in every 5 days.
Officer: Is there any streams or rivers?
Answer: Yes, there is one near by the country fair.
Officer: How long have you attended school?
Answer: 3 years and 6 months.
Officer: Where is your school?
Answer: I studied att eh school in Ping An Village.
Officer: Who were your teachers?
Answer: Yes, there were two teachers. Eng, Yu Kong and Eng Rui Zheng.
Officer: Do you have any "Shu Shu" [father's younger brother]
Answer: No, I have none.
Officer: Do you have any "Bo Bo?" [father's elder brother]
Answer: Yes, I have one.
Officer What is your "Bo Bo's" name?
Answer: My "Bo Bo's" name is Shi Bao.
Officer: Does you "Bo Bo" have any children?
Answer: He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
Officer: Are you maternal grandparents still alive?
Answer: Yes they are. My maternal grandfather is Li, Nanzhen.
Officer: What's your maternal grandmother's maiden name?
Answer: Her maiden name is Eng.
Officer: Did your maternal grandmother have bound feet?
Answer: Yes she did.
Officer: Do your aunt and your mother all have bound feet?
Answer: Yes, a little. But now they are unbound.
Officer: Where does your aunt live?
Answer: She lives with me.
Officer: Where is your uncle?
Answer: He is in the US now.
Officer: Did you meet your uncle before?
Answer: I dont' know, as I was very young.
Officer: Are you aquainted with Shi Si in the Donhua Villiage?
Answer: Yes, I know him.
Officer: Did Shi Si have any children as you were in Donghua Village?
Answer: I knew he had some children at that time.
Officer: Are you acquainted with Shi Si's children?
Answer: I am acquainted with Jun Ye (13 years old), Jun Tai (12 years old), Qu Xian, Zu Zhong, Qu Yun.
Officer: What is your father's name?
Answer: He is Eng, Shi Zong. Another name is Eng, Lian Chang.
Officer: Do you have younger brothers?
Answer: Yes, I have a younger brother. He was born in 1919. His birthday is December 29th, 1919. Now he is 2 years old. His name is Eng Yu Tang.
Officer: Where was your father born?
Answer: He was born in the US?
Officer: What do you want to do as you come to the US?
Answer: I am going to school in the US.
This is a brief record of an interview with a customs officer.
I have the honor to inform you. Yesterday, I've got my own brother's letter accomanying the letter is 150 yuan all are received (include the record of the interview with the customs officer) and know the detail as you said in the letter. I've copied it by hand writing. The only thing has to be done recently. I've sent a letter to Yu Kuan and Maitong. I've asked you to mail this letter for me. I think it must have been done. In the letter, I asked them have to be witness for me. As I arrive, I will be badly in need of having a witness if they don't agree with it. I earnest hope you can pray for them to do it. After I arrived will certainly thank them for their help. I am going to come on June 24th by Nan-Yan-Tong steamer Shi Li, Yu Wan, Shi Kuan, Shum Fu come with me together but Shang Quan come by "the Queen" steamer on June 14th.
Now, everyone in our family is fine. Don't worry.
With best wishes.
To my dear brother Shi Bao
Your young brother
May 27, 1921
||Chinese bill translated as:
Your patronage is welcome.
The new balance on January 31, 1924 is +745.32 (saving)
February 6th save 110 yuan
March 15th save 100 yuan
save 79.10 Lu Shan came
November 5th save 100 yuan
save salary 1200 yuan
All together save 2334.42 yuan
February 3rd draw out 50 yuan
6th draw out 30 yuan
13th pay out 107.10 yuan
March 19th payment 101.71 yuan
pay fee 0.1 yuan
24th draw 20.00 yuan
30th draw 10 yuan
April 3rd draw 10 yuan
6th draw 10 yuan
14th draw 20 yuan
24th draw 50 yuan
May 7th draw 20 yuan
8th draw 40 yuan
13th draw 10 yuan
17th draw 10 yuan
22nd draw 40 yuan
28th draw 15 yuan
ticket 39.20 yuan
June 23rd draw 20 yuan
July 3rd draw 50 yuan
4th draw 20 yuan
22nd draw 50 yuan
23rd draw 15 yuan
August 17th draw 20 yuan
18th draw 20 yuan
21st draw 10 yuan
23rd draw 20 yuan
September 10th draw 5 yuan
21st draw 20 yuan
26th draw 100 yuan (Lent to Shi Xiang)
29th draw 30 yuan
November 10th draw 50 yuan
13th draw 2 times total 70 yuan
14th draw 10 yuan
15th draw 110.40 yuan, Shi Zong pay rental
17th draw 20 yuan
21st draw 5 yuan
25th draw 24.40 yuan
December 9th pay 112.20 yuan
pay fee 0.10 yuan
10th draw 30 yuan
18th draw 30 yuan
27th draw 20 yuan
25th draw 2 times total 30 yuan
27th draw 50 yuan
pay Jin Xiang (goods price) 36.75 yuan
Total draw out 1640.77 yuan
Balance +693.65 yuan
To Mr Eng Shi Bao
Jin Xiang Store
January 10, 1925
||Letter translated as:
I have the honor to inform you. Yesterday, January 18, I've got your letter and you, pass the 2000 yuan through Jing Xiang store to me also received and saved it. So that you can spend it as you go back to China. You'd better pay attention to Xiu Tong's immigration to U.S. The interesting and savings account have drawn out and remitted it to Zhan Tong. Nowadays in Hong Kong all trades and proffessions, all the businesses are slack. But all the brothers are fine, don't worry.
With best wishes
February 3, 1930
||Letter translated as:
Uncle Shi Bao. May I draw your attention to the following:
I have the honor to report to you. A few days ago I've received your letter and accompanying the letter is a check. It says 111.50 yuan and I've registered it as your income and will settle your account later.
You asked me to buy lottery tickets on your behalf. I've done it for several times. It cost 11.50 yuan but all missed. I will send the lottery tickets to you please check. Specially writing to repectfully wish you are in good health and have good time. You will certainly be happy.
I bow my head
February 7th, 1930
||Chinese bill translated as:
Your patronage is welcome
June 5th buy things 27.90 yuan
candy 2 boxes 0.65 yuan
June 28th buy things 3.20 yuan
August 3rd 3 jars of wine, Jia Pi Trademark 10.50 yuan
another small one 0.25 yuan
August 27th 4 jars of wine, Jia Pi 11.20 yuan
September 5th buy things 17.00 yuan
November 6th buy things 22.25 yuan
December 19th buy things 15.90 yuan
January 16th, 1930 buy things 17.00 yuan
Total you owe 121.85 yuan
New balance 121.85 yuan
To Mr. Eng Shi Bao
January 28th, 1930
Jing Xiang Store
As this bill present to Mr. Eng, Shi Bao, Mr Eng has paid 121.85 yuan to Mr Hu at the same time
||Chinese bill translated as:
Your patronage is welcome.
To settle the account in the previous term
Balance +566.44 yuan (you save 566.44 yuan)
March 5th save 100 yuan
April 3rd save 100 yuan
May 2nd save 100 yuan
June 5th save 100 yuan
July 2nd save 100 yuan
August 3rd save 100 yuan
September 5th save 100 yuan
November 5th save 100 yuan
7th save 100 yuan
December 3rd save 100 yuan
January 4th save 100 yuan
All together we save 2566.44 yuan
The draw out side
March 13th paid 300x0.49 = 147 yuan
pay fee 0.20 yuan
25th draw 16 yuan
June 22nd paid the rental on your behalf 21.00 yuan
October 10th paid the property tax for southern house
on your behalf 50x0.44 = 22.00 yuan
November 15th paid 450x0.4375 = 196.90 yuan
December 19th paid the membership dues on your behalf
0.6x35 = 21.00 yuan
23rd paid Shi Yu on your behalf 200 yuan
27th paid the donation 10 yuan to the Xu Shan
school on your behalf
January 22nd paid money order 2000x0.403 = 806 yuan
paid remitance fee 0.20 yuan
paid the total price of good to Jing Xiang store on you behalf 121.85 yuan
[Notes: you can check the end of 1999.60.574]
Total Draw 1562.15
Balance +1004.44 yuan
To Uncle Eng Shi Bao
Jing Xing Store
January 28th, 1950
||Chinese letter translated as:
Shi Bao my uncle may I draw your attention to the following:
I have the honor to report to you the winter was passed and the hot summer days is coming. Several months passed since we seperated. I miss you very much. Even in my dreams, it is unable to forget. Now I wish you are in good health and everything is fine.
You pass the Hong Kong dollars 500 yuan and a check 85 yuan all received to meet the expenses of your family member's wedding.
Shang Shi, Shang Xin, and Xiu Hong (his other name is Shang Qian) three of them all are studying in the countyside, Tai Cheng. The expenses are huge so your family wish you can give them more money and everyone is fine, don't worry.
My wife slipped down in an accident in January. She was seriously injured. It is fortunate, the famous doctor cured her wound and got well and spent several hundred yuan. I am unhappy so I haven't written letter to uncle. I apologize for it.
Now, everybody in our big family are all fine and our hometown are safe and sound. Zhan Hong still study in the village school. The expenses of Shang Qian's marriage and the price of buying land, the sum is 3000 yuan. The details of expenses about to buy land. The land sales in Luo Sham the area is about following:
If you plant the land, the area needs seed of 5 dau [dau, a unit of measure for dry grain], cost of 2750 yuan.
The expenses of the party after signed the contract, 200 yuan
The incidental expenses, 50 yuan
The four side share the expenses, 300 yuan, everyone 750 yuan
The above all have doen well yesterday
With best wishes
Nephew Shan Quan
March 16th, 1927
The statement of your account Uncle Ya Yun forwarded your Hong Kong dollar 2173.12 yuan to me.
Bill, 412.32 yuan
In uncle Ya Yun's presence I got 2585.44 yuan. Shang Xing forward 252.24 yuan. All together from Ya Yun and Shang xing the total is 2837.64 yuan. The expenses of Shang Qian's marriage, 2200 yuan. Send 280 yuan to mother's parents family, total 2480 yuan. To buy land 1/4 750 yuan.
Draw out 3230 yuan
I have saved 3 92.36 yuan on behalf of you.
Last year, get 150 yuan from uncle Ya Yun was all forwarded to your family. This 150 yuan and buy gold vessel's price is not from me if there is any mistakes or isn't clear please tell me. I'll do my best.
||Chinese statement translated as:
Continued from the proceeding balance you saved 910.56 yuan.
September 7th 1923 save 200 yuan
October 25th save 1000 yuan
Total: 1200 yuan
July 14th, 1923 draw 97.78 yuan to buy Ginseng
September 14th draw 92.22 yuan to buy Ginseng
October 14th draw 16.40 yuan to buy Korean Ginseng
draw 7.00 yuan to buy cotton-paded mattress
December 2nd, 1926 draw 150 yuan "Zhong Mei" forward to
10th draw 74.04 yuan to buy Gold vessel
January 5th, 1927 draw 500 yuan "Lian Sheng" forward to
14th draw 300 yuan "Lian Sheng" forward to
20th draw 200 yuan Lian Sheng pass the 200 yuan to Hong Kong
January 22nd draw 300 yuan lian Sheng pass the 300 yuan to Hong Kong
Total draw 1738.44 yuan
balance +373.12 yuan
To Shi Bao younger brother and draw your attention to the accounting
February 19, 1927
||Chinese letter translater as:
Shi Bao my brother:
I have the honor to inform you on July 25th I received your letter dated June 26. It includes a personal guarantee, a check in Hong Kong dollars. Recently, the exchange rate is floating. A little bit go down. Deduct commission and the others all together 1930.85 yuan was received. It all saved in my account. You can draw it any time. Your other account here, the balance is about 100 yuan. Your family's expenses are on less money.
Your letter and it's envelope all are forwarded to your family. If there is a letter from your family, I'll forward it to you as soon as possible.
Now everyone in your family are fine. The native place all is well. The only problem is prices up. For example, rice (the moderate level) 15 yuan/dan [dan, a unit of weight in China. 1 dan = 50 kg]. Xue Shi (a kind of plant) 5.2 yuan/dan. Firewood 2.8 yuan/dan, white gourd 1.4 yuan/dan. It is a long time since you went out. If you have spare time, please come back to visit us. Several weeks ago I got a letter from Shi Li. At that time he was fine. Now I know from your letter he died in the hospital. I am terribly sorry for it. I think nephew Xi Xiang will arrive in Hong Kong soon. With regard to Shi Li's death. I don't have courage to open to the others.
Shi Fu will travel by ship to come to the US. on the date of August 5th. He can tell you the details about our native place nowadays. The price of the large size of gold bullion is going down. 78 yuan a piece. A few days ago 85 yuan a piece. With best wishes,
July 28, 1930
||Translation of a Chinese bill:
Your patronage is welcome
March and April's rent charge all together you owe 20 yuan.
Agent Hu, Jun
Zhi Xiao Du gong Suo
To Mr Eng He
Gong Yi enterpraise Ltd.
April 10th 1931
On the top of the bill it says:
Our company has some rooms to rent. They are all upstairs if the tenant wants to change your room or expire the rental contract. Please contact with our office (Guang De Hao) and register it. If not, we'll still charge you the rental. Thank you.
Dont lock the door as you remove
||Translation of Chinese bill:
On the top it is printed as:
Our company has some rooms to rent. They all are upstairs if the tenant want to change your room or expire your contract. Please contact with our office (Guang De Hao) and register it. If not, we'll still charge you the rental. Don't lock the door as you remove
The text is:
May, June's rent charge all together you owe 20 yuan
To Mr. Eng He
Gong Yi enterprise Ltd
June 12th, 1931
||Chinese receipt translated as:
Thank you the money for suscription of the newspaper. 5 yuan. You sent it on July 30th. We've received it and registered it. Thank you. With best wishes.
To Mr. Eng Shi Bao
Chung Sai Daily
August 4, 1930
||a and b: Chinese characters translated as,
Eng Shi Bao
||A receipt translated as:
Your patronage is welcome
Child lapel of coat 1 piece 5.50 yuan
Child garment 2 piece 7.00 yuan
Total 12.50 yuan
To Mr. Eng, Shi Bao
Min Hing Knitting Co
625 King Street
Seattle, WA U.S.A.
October 3rd 1930
This letter looks like half of a letter. The front part of the letter seems like missing.Based on the way the letter was signed at the end, this letter was written by a son to his father.
Translation of the letter:
Here now, the bandits are becoming outrageous, the situation is very tense. In our village, we have to pay a $1 night security fee during the second half of the year.Yesterday, Shang Jing brother had a new son, they were vey pleased.I need a good electric light for night walk. If you can find me one, please send to me. My school is having tests now, I don't even have any free time. I just write this quick letter to you. Hope every thing is fine with you.
Your son Xiu Hong
||a: This is a short letter written on red lined stationary. On top of the letter are four big Chinese characters translated as: Announcement letter paper. At the bottom of the letter there are five small Chinese characters translated as: Made by Guang Dong Book Store.
Translation of letter:
Shi Bao uncle:
You probably have received the letter I have sent to you yesterday. Aunt told me the damages of the house by several floods from the year before are not small. Because of this, all the old houses in the village are going to have their wall base repaired to prevent water damage. It wont cost too much to repair uncle's old house but we can save the building. So, we are writing to you and ask you opinion. Please write back and tell us. I wish you safe and healthy.
Your nephew Shang Jun
On the left of the letter is the date May 26, 1933 (The 12th year of Republic of China May 26). On top of the main letter there are two rows of smaller Chinese characters added to the letter translated as:
This year the rain is abundant and even. The rice is growing earlier and abundant too. We are not sure if the weather will keep this way.
bi: This is a short letter written on a lined stationary paper. The four Chinese characters on top of the paper said: Announcement stationary paper. The small characters on the right said: the page number. The page number is supposed to be written in between thses two characters. On the left, the month, dates and years of the Republic of China. The number of dates should go into the blanks between the characters. On the bottom reads: Printed by Guang Hua Book Store.
Translation of letter:
Shi Bao uncle,
It has been several months since I said good bye to you. Whenever I thought about you, I really admired you. I was planning to write to you and wanted to find out how you are doing. Thank you for sending me $112. It came to me when I had the urgent needs. Thank you for being so kind. You have given me such a great favor. How can I not have the desire to return favor to you? When I return to US I will give the money back to you.
Uncle's second son Zheng Tong (Continue on 1999.60.618 bii). The following is the continuation of the letter This part appeared on 1999.60.618 bii:
Uncle's second son Zhen Tong has already been walking and talking, is a very bright kid. We are all happy about it. Xiu Tong is studying at Xia Ping. He is very bright. But is carefree. He does not listen to his mother's advice. Yesterday aunt told me to ask uncle to write a letter home to teach him the right thing in order for him to make some changes of his behavior. Because of the family situation, I probably will return to US sometime between June & July, just to let you know. I'm fine right now. Please don't worry about me. Greetings to you,
Your nephew Lun Fu
On the left side of the letter is the date. The date is May second. The year is not clear.
d: Translation of letter:
Father your excellency, in front of your knees. We have received your letter and the enclosed money $112 dollars. We have distributed to the right people from grandmother down. Everyone in the family is fine. You are away from home. We hope that you are healthy and fine. Sincerely wish you golden peace. Signed your son Xiu Tong and Zhen Tong.
Dated 1923, June 15
||This is a prescription of herbal medicine. List of the herbs and the weight of each of them. The following are the translation of the herbs.
Top row (from right to left):
large shu di 2 liang (weight unit)
large dang gui 5 liang
bei qi 2 liang
Fang Dang 2 liang
Yin Yang huo (Horny goat weed) 4 liang
Jin Ying Zi 1 liang
Po Yin xian 1 liang
gu sui bu 1liang
Chuan xiong 6 Qian
Bai Shao 1 liang
Fu ling (subterranean fungus) 2 liang
Xian Mao 8 Qian
Yuan Zhi 8 Qian
ji zi 8 Qian
Suo Yang 8 Qian
Wen Dan 5 Qian
Hang ju (Chrysanthemum) 5 Qian
xu dian (teasel) 1 liang
shou wu (chinese cornbind) 1 liang
Bai Shu 1 liang
jiu zi 1 liang
gui ban 1 liang
Nian jian 5 Qian
Dan Pi 5 Qian
go ji 1 liang
du zhong (Eucommia) 2 liang
zhi cao 8 Qian
Later put in Logan fruit 3 liang (don't boil with other herbs). Soak in a heavy urn for 1 or 2 months, the it will be ready for drinking. Suitable for bath for men and women.