the country of my Ruler may enjoy peace
I would gladly give my life away.
(Written when he left Hagi for the last time on his final Edo
journey prior to his execution.)
The majority of
this information is taken from the following work:
Forerunner of the Meiji Restoration: A biographical study
H. Van Straelen S.V.D., Ph.D.
Professor at Nanzan University, Nagoya
Published by Leiden, E.J. Brill, Netherlands. 1952