Excerpt from Lord Hotta, the Pioneer Diplomat of Japan: The Pioneer Diplomat of Japan Lord Hotta is a great figure which adorned the closing history of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was he who at a time when anti-foreign principles and the policy of seclusion were almost about to carry the day, had the for sight and courage to set public opinion at defiance and open diplomatic negotiations with the American Envoy. It was he also who by his advanced kwledge and penetration, coupled with strong conviction, succeeded in saving the nation from dangers of the gravest nature, thereby placing the national policy on a firm and lasting foundation. Towards the end of his political career, his influence t only began to wane, but he himself had to fall a victim to the enmity of his opponents. His political career ended in humiliation in the eyes of the public, yet in the clearness of his vision and the strength of his convictions, he stands unique and peerless among his contemporaries. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.