In the end of five years I made supplication to the king to go out of this land, desiring to see my poor wife and children according to conscience and nature.
So in process of four or five years the emperor called me, as divers times he had done before.
If our countries had war the one with the other, that was no cause that he should put us to death; with which they were out of heart that their cruel pretense failed them. For which God be forever-more praised.
Therefore I do pray and entreat you in the name of Jesus Christ to do so much as to make my being here in Japan known to my poor wife, in a manner a widow and my two children fatherless; which thing only is my greatest grief of heart and conscience.
William Christopher Handy