ABSTRACT

An American Teacher in Early Meiji Japan, by Edward Beauchamp, provides a full account of the reasons behind the decision of Margaret Clark Griffis (1838-1913) to journey to Japan in August, 1872. Beauchamp suggests that William Elliot Griffis urged his sister Margaret (more often called Maggie), to join him in Japan because of his yearning for female companionship following the death of his mother and his rejection by the young woman he loved in the United States. A second reason for Maggie's decision to go to Japan was the opportunity to secure a teaching position. 1