Dearing Guest Books, Yokohama, 1895-1919, 1895-1919 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Three leather-bound guest books for the Dearing house at 67-a Bluff in Yokohama, Japan. John Lincoln Dearing and Mary Hinckley Dearing, American Baptist Missionary Union, opened their home to travelers from all over the world who passed through Yokohama at the turn of the 20th Century. Visitors included missionaries and other clergy, university presidents and Asia scholars, industrialists, adventurers, military officers, and the wealthy elite of America and Europe touring the world. Among many notable entries are inscriptions by John Dewey, Henry Babson, Charles Cuthbert Hall, Emma Boose and Francis Fisher Tucker, William Ashmore, Davida Catherine French, Ella Stimson Cate, Thomas S. Barbour, Reginald Augustus Studd, Henry Grattan Guinness, John Henry Barrows, John Marshall Foster, Henry Pratt Judson. Franklin Johnson, and Grace Webb Tenny. Each entry page included a line for home address, "whence" and "whither," and "sentiment," where guests thanked their hosts and often included words of advice, humor, or wisdom. Many guests attached photographs.
The three books span the periods 1895-1904, 1911-1914, and 1914-1919.