A fine steel engraving after the painting by George Chinnery. 14.2 x 10.5cm. Large margins. A very clean copy. The first modern missionary to China was Robert Morrison. Born in Northumberland, England in 1782 to devout members of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterians), Morrison spent a couple of years learning Chinese with the help of Yong Sam-tak, a Chinese man in London. He left for America in January of 1807 with the aim of reaching China. , the East India Company prohibited missionaries in China and refused to carry them on their ships, so Morrison travelled westward, eventually arriving in China in September. It was in America that Morrison was asked if he really expected to "make an impression on the idolatry of the Great Chinese Empire." "No sir, I expect God will.". It was illegal for the Chinese to teach non-Chinese their language (under penalty of death!), and the only non-Chinese allowed in the country were traders. Morrison lived at the American Factory and his local teachers would bring shoes with them for their language tutoring sessions so that if caught, they could claim Morrison was repairing their shoes.However, Morrison persevered and because of his faculty with the Chinese language, the East India Company hired him as a translator in 1809. This gave him a legal reason for remaining in China. He spent a total of 27 years in China, much of it alone. Morrison gained few converts (it was seven years before he baptized the first one), but he opened the door for other missionaries to follow him to China. He created an English-Chinese dictionary and translated the Bible into Chinese. According to Yung Wing, the first Chinese graduate of an American university, "The importance and bearing of his dictionary and the translation of the Bible into Chinese, on subsequent missionary work in China, were fundamental and paramount." for an incredibly long list of known missionaries who followed Morrison to China. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: ROBERT MORRISON AND HIS ASSISTANTS IN THE ...
Editorial: Fisher Son & Co
Año de publicación: 1835
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