Japan [and China]: China; its history, arts and literature

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Seite 173 - It being obviously necessary and desirable that British subjects should have some port whereat they may careen and refit their ships when required, and keep stores for that purpose...
Seite 151 - Their garments are made of the richest materials ; they go nowhere on foot, but always in sedans, on horseback or in boats, and with numerous attendants following them. With a few honourable exceptions, all the missionaries live in this manner; and thus, as they never mix with the people, they make but few converts. The diffusion of our holy religion in these parts has been almost entirely owing to the catechists who are in their service, to other Christians, or to the distribution of Christian books...
Seite 176 - Pekin, and there deliver it ; and that your great officers will, by your order, make a treaty with him to regulate affairs of trade, so that nothing may happen to disturb the peace between China and America. Let the treaty be signed by your own imperial hand. It shall be signed by mine, by the authority of our great council, the Senate. And so may your health be good, and may peace reign.
Seite 64 - The great God has conferred even on the inferior people a moral sense, compliance with which would show their nature invariably right.1 But to cause them tranquilly to pursue the course which it would indicate, is the work of the sovereign.
Seite 35 - They then evinced much interest, and eagerly requested to know why we would not act fairly towards them; by prohibiting the growth of the poppy in our dominions, and thus effectually stop a traffic so pernicious to the human race. This, he said, in consistency with our constitutional laws, could not be done ; and he added, that even if England chose to exercise so arbitrary a power over her tillers of the soil, it would not check the evil...
Seite 61 - ... the greatest anxiety ; in mourning for them (dead), he exhibits every demonstration of grief; in sacrificing to them, he displays the utmost solemnity. When a son is complete in these five things, he may be pronounced able to serve his parents. He who thus serves his parents, in a high...
Seite 64 - Then are all those wrong ?' Mencius said, 'From the feelings proper to it, it is constituted for the practice of what is good. This is what I mean in saying that the nature is good. 'If men do what is not good, the blame cannot be imputed to their natural powers.
Seite 236 - Father, by the unprecedented practice of recording the fact over every door. When, therefore, the same truths are announced in their hearing by a foreign missionary, they give a ready assent and express their cordial approval. (Rev. W. Muirhead, 1861.) The insurgents are making rapid strides and are determined to uproot idolatry in the land and to plant Christianity in its room. . . . The downfall of idolatry in the land seems to be bound up with their success. Never did China present such a spectacle...
Seite 32 - On a bed, near the dying children, lay the body of a beautiful young woman, her limbs and apparel arranged as if in sleep. She was cold, and had been long dead. One arm clasped her neck, over which a silk scarf was thrown, to conceal the gash in her throat which had destroyed her life. Near her lay the corpse of a woman somewhat more advanced in years, stretched on a silk coverlet, her features distorted, and her eyes open and fixed, as if she had 'died by poison or strangulation. There was no wound...
Seite 148 - It is done by women of a certain age, who have experience in the treatment of infantile diseases. Furnished with innocent pills, and a bottle of holy water, whose virtues they extol, they introduce themselves into the houses where there are sick infants, and discover whether they are in danger of death, in this case they inform the parents, and tell them that before administering other remedies, they must wash their foreheads with the purifying waters of their bottle. The parents, not suspecting...

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