Sapporo, March 17th 1877

Kaitaku, Gon. Daishiokikuwan
  Zushio Hirotake

Sir; I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication concerning the moving of the College Library.
  l have this day examined the building and beg to make the following suggestions in regard to it.
  In regard to the location it seems to me altogether unsuitable and dangerous. It is therefore, much desirable that it be moved directly south one hundred feet. If this is note done, then the privy must be removed for decency's sake.
  The interior of the building is very badly arranged, and at present totally unfit for books, as they would be spoiled by dampness.
  The upper story should be plastered overhead to exclude moisture from the roof, and there should be a ventilator.
  All the windows on the west side should be boarded up, and cases or shelves for books arranged along both sides of the upper room. The glass windows in the ends should be cut down two feet and then furished with two sashes in each, hung by weights. The bars on the outside should be removed, as they furnish no protection and obstruct the light.
  The stairs should be changed both in style and location, as the now occupy a large part of the center of both stories.
  Books are the implements of the student, and worthy of most excellent treatment both on account of their cost and their intrinsic value. Therefore, I feel a deep interest in the College Library.


With high regard, I remain        
your obedient servant        


W. S. Clark                
President S. A. C.