The Life and Labors of Eli Jah Coleman Bridgman; The Pioneer of American Missions in China. Edited by Eliza J. Guillet Bridgman. with an Introductory Note, by Asa D. Smith

The Life and Labors of Eli Jah Coleman Bridgman; The Pioneer of American Missions in China. Edited by Eliza J. Guillet Bridgman. with an Introductory Note, by Asa D. Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...were equally bad in Macao. But at length afavorable change commenced. By this time, however, several of the missionaries had removed to Hong-kong. I was among that number. There full toleration was enjoyed. Our domestics and workmen usually attended daily morning and evening prayers. On the evening of our arrival here, when the hour for devotion came, and the printers, with others, were called to worship, only one out of ten, composing our Chinese household, appeared, and that one came merely to say that the others would not come. "As our effects were not arranged, and mechanics were still at work upon the house, lodging in it, there was some show of apology for their unwillingness to assemble for worship in the presence of strangers who might ridicule them. So, when these outside laborers had finished their work, and all things were in order, the summons was again issued; but none obeyed. Thrice was this repeated, and it became necessary to take a stand. A few simple rules were accordingly written out, and our people told they might have any reasonable time to make a decision and choice, either to comply with these rules, or leave our premises. There was, for a time, a good deal of insubordination. Some packed up, and some left the house; all threatened to do so. N o pains were spared in endeavoring to show and convince them that all our requirements were proper, and such as would promote their best interests. "Since the middle of last month all have come--unless sick or necessarily detained. They read or hear read, the word of God in their own tongue, and kneel in prayer with us at the family altar. Henceforth, we trust, there will be no more difficulty in this matter; but who or what can touch their hearts? 'Paul may...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867432
  • 9781236867438