The Sudden Death of Capt. Norman M. Toft Interesting archive including letter from Thomas Baty
[Japan] Fascinating group of documents relating to British Captain Norman Miles Toft (c1897-1924), who was staying at the Fujiya Hotel in Lake Haruna (Gunma prefecure) to study Japanese but died suddenly at about 27 years old. There are five letters, including a typed translation of a letter to Toft's mother from Mr. Fukuzo Karasawa, proprietor of the hotel, that describes Toft's sudden demise in detail. Toft had been at the hotel since August 10, 1924 enjoying strolls, fishing, and chatting with Karasawa's family. Toft suddenly fell ill on the morning of August 31 and by the evening, his abdomen was swollen and he was in 'extreme agony'. A doctor arrived early the next morning and gave him numerous injections but his condition didn't improve and he died at 3pm that day (Sept. 1). Thomas Baty's letter, also to Toft's mother, mentions how they had met just one week prior and Toft seemed to be very happy and healthy. One letter from April 1924 (predating his death) is from a Y. Moriwaki congratulating Toft on a promotion. Another letter from an Ian G. McPherson on 'British Embassy Tokio' paper to a Roland Toft, and a letter of condolence to Toft's mother from a T. Ueda. There is also a large portrait of Toft, a small photo of possibly Toft's coffin, a donation receipt for 5 pounds received from Toft's mother and given to St. Andrew's Church in Tokyo, a delivery card from Sir Charles Eliot (UK Ambassador to Japan), and a possibly unrelated rental payment receipt booklet for someone named, probably, 'Delamain'.
In very good condition with only general age wear. e33030871