By Walter Henry; Sir Medhurst
Walter Medhust's 1872 publication strains his own impressions of nineteenth-century chinese language society. the writer is decided to provide an image of the rustic and its population that's life like and freed from the drained clich?s usually present in modern Western bills of the rustic. Medhurst engages with a large spectrum of chinese language traditions and behavior: the features of advertisements and the way chinese language newspapers are run; describing opium-smoking and chinese language burial customs; delving into the connection among women and men; and sampling the delights of chinese language food. He additionally writes concerning the place of international voters in China and specializes in the connection among China and the Western global. involved that the West should still express China the consideration it merits, he makes an attempt particularly to trap the essence of the chinese language personality.
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This is, to say the least, unfair. The two classes of labourers go out under such diametrically opposite systems of church organization and discipline, and they pursue their objects in such entirely different methods, that no comparison, except as regards the several results of their labours, can be either just or accurate, and this it is next to impossible to institute to any satisfactory degree. Even Missionaries in China. 33 to attempt it would be to launch upon a sea of controversy as to what constitutes a convert, and which is nearer the right, Romanist or Protestant.
It was, I think, an unfortunate incident in the history of Roman Catholic missions, and, by association, in that of Christian missions in China generally, when the French Grovernment initiated the measure of exacting toleration of Christianity from the Chinese as a treaty right. It has had the effect of withdrawing the Romanist labourers from the seclusion which until then had been a necessity, of emboldening them to claim the restitution of properties and privileges which had long ago been forfeited on political grounds, Missionaries in China.
It would be out of place for me to suggest the best means of meeting the emergency. I will only venture to deprecate sincerely the retraction of any existing treaty stipulations. It would simply be to play directly into the hands of those of the Chinese whose cherished object is not so much to crush the missionary, as to expel, or at any rate, to restrict the foreigner; to endanger the whole fabric of Missionaries in China. 49 treaty relations, which has been erected at the cost of so much blood and treasure; and to plunge us possibly into yet deeper complications.