This letter from Ōdachi Harumitsu explains the contents of the shogun’s letter. First Harumitsu too inquires about Kenshin’s illness. Next, he explains that Ōdachi Teruuji would be the messenger, who would bring the shogun’s letter and a gunpowder recipe, which the Ashikaga shogun had received from Ōtomo Sōrin, an important lord from Kyushu, who had considerable contact with the Portuguese. This document too shows sign of a kirifu, and so could only have been seen by Kenshin. It is of a form called a kirigami, where the original page of a document was cut in half, and in this case reflects Harumitsu’s lower status than the shogun, who dispatched a full sized document. Kenshin’s name appears higher on the page than the shogun’s letter which constitutes a sign of greater respect. Taken together, both of these documents functioned as a certificate that verified that the gunpowder recipe had actually been dispatched by the shogun.
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Recently Ōtomo Shintarō [Sōrin] has presented [our lord] with a scroll on gunpowder.
Please deign to have a look at it; this is a great honor.
As for further thoughts from the shogun, Teruuji shall speak to you in detail.
六月廿九日 晴光 (花押)