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Introduction: Origins Of The Study

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book on "The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes Aspects of the Evolution of Commerce in Modern Japan, 1861-1910". The correspondence is primarily concerned with business matters especially those regarding the ordering and processing of items from London or Yokohama, together with commercial intelligence concerning their respective markets. This present volume is intended to place the Correspondence into some form of perspective. Reference is also made to the major political, economic and social factors which transformed the country during the era in which he initiated, developed and consolidated his business. An outline of Frederick's ancestry, background and subsequent family are all provided as are references to his Japanese musume. These are just a few of the many events which illuminate the Correspondence most of which is directly concerned with business queries, instructions and commercial intelligence.

Keywords: correspondence; Frederick; Japan



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