David Abeel
Journal of a Residence in China and the
Neighboring Countries from 1829 to 1833

Abeel, David:
Journal of a Residence in China, and the Neighboring Countries, from 1829 to 1833, New York, Leavitt, Lord & Co. and Boston, Crocker & Brewster, 1834, pebbled and blind stamped green cloth with gilt title lettering on the spine, 12mo (13 x 20 cm), 398 pp. The book is derived from the author's journal account of his stay in Canton with visits to Macao, Java, Batavua, Malayasia, Siam (Thailand) and Singapore. Abeel also includes commentary on Borneo, the Celebes, the Philippines, Loo Choo islands and Japan which he apparently did not visit.

Contents

CHAP. I. -- Departure from New-York -- Divine service on board -- Island of St. Paul -- Amsterdam -- Sandal-wood island -- Ombay passage -- Islands of Flores Solor, Lomblem, Ombay, Timor, Cambing, Baby -- Early Catholic missions on these islands -- Portuguese Xavier -- Dutch conquests -- Missions -- Zeal of early missionaries -- Declension of eighteenth century -- Present mission of Dutch on Timor, Rotti, Letty, Moa, Kesser, and Roma -- Banda sea and island -- Arroo group, Booro -- Amboyna, Mr. Kam -- Manippa -- Ter-nati -- Efforts of Netherlands' missionary society -- New Guinea, Waijoo -- Plan for conversion of these islands -- Pelew islands and natives...... 14

CHAP. II. -- Chinese fishing boats -- Formosa -- Ladrone island -- Chinese pilots -- Lintin -- Opium trade -- Macao -- Description and history of city -- Catholicism -- Superstitions -- Passage in small Chinese boat to Whampoa -- Foreign shipping -- Objects on the way -- Night scene -- Arrival at Canton -- Dr. Morrison....... 61

CHAP. III. -- Description of Canton and its vicinity -- Religions of China -- Appearance of women -- Beggars -- Foreign factories -- Open space before them -- Appearance of river -- Crowds of boats -- Island of Hai-nam -- Chinese temple -- Chinese merchants -- Mode of speaking English -- Men and women....... 93

CHAP. IV. -- Worship in English -- Ah-see -- Monthly concert -- Preaching at Whampoa -- Whampoa island -- French do. Danes do. Processions, burial, hymenial and religious -- Leang Afa -- Drama-Watune's day -- Macao -- Procession -- Return to Cantons-Houses of Hong merchants -- Illuminated boats -- Ceremonies in the city Ballai singing -- Crowds of natives -- Decorations of streets -- god of fire...... 126

CHAP. V. -- Female infanticide -- Condition of women -- Cruelty of punishments -- Number and condition of prisoners..... 133

CHAP. VI. -- Missionary labors at Canton and Whampoa -- Appeal in behalf of China -- What ought to be done...... 142

CHAP. VII. -- Passage to Java -- Mode of dealing with sailors -- American sailors -- Impropriety of sending boys to sea -- No object gained -- Cochin-China -- Sumatra...... 151

CHAP. VIII. -- Angier -- Journey to Batavia -- Travelling -- Wildness of country -- Large estate -- Batavia -- Mr. Medhurst -- Java as a missionary field -- Population -- Language -- Chief towns -- The missionary's daily labors -- Chinese -- Hospital -- Market-places -- Prison -- Chinese new year -- Popular deities -- Infanticide in China -- Visit to a bazaar in the country to distribute tracts -- Interview with Cochin-Chines -- Catholicism in Cochin-China -- Tour to another market-place -- Protestant Portuguese settlement -- Service in Dutch church -- Chinese sacrifice at the graves of their relatives -- Chinese ceremony of passing through fire -- Mission schools -- Malayan do. -- Visit to Bitenzorg, the residence of the governor, and labors there -- Remarks on Java...... 192

CHAP- IX. -- Passage to Singapore -- Sumatra, different states -- Customs -- Religion -- Singapore -- Missionaries -- Passage to Siam in company with Mr. Tomlin -- Arab ship -- Conduct of Mahomedan sailors -- Coast of Malayan peninsula -- Passage up the Meinam -- Appearance of Siamese -- Bankok -- Disappointment in not meeting Gutzlaff -- Portuguese consul -- R. Hunter, Esq...... 208

CHAP. X. -- Description of Siam -- City of Bankok -- Variety of inhabitants -- Enslaved condition of multitudes, their misery and vice -- Religion of Budh -- Priests -- Religion of Chinese, Burmese, Peguins, Malays, Portuguese -- First Protestant missionaries -- Visit to Pra Klang -- Missionary houses -- Medical depository -- Native simplicity -- Visit of Princes -- Interesting interview with priest -- Other priests -- Cambodjian prince -- Cambodjia as missionary ground -- Sacred month-Illuminations -- King's visit to the temples -- Splendid procession of barges -- overflow of the Meinam -- Affecting case of Chinese youth -- Sabbath worshippers -- Heathen's cruelty -- Some fruits of labor -- Funeral array -- Splendid temples and idols -- Close of first visit to Siam -- Caution to readers of missionary journals...... 261

CHAP. XI -- Passage to Singapore -- Mr. Thomsen -- Description of Singapore -- Importance as mission station -- Printing -- Schools -- Visit along coast -- Passage to Malacca -- Town of Malacca -- Anglo-Chinese college -- Missionaries -- Schools -- Resident -- Return to Singapore -- Embarkation for Siam -- China junk -- Straitened apartments -- Dull passage -- Sailors -- Idolatry -- Efforts to restrain them -- Tringano -- Squall -- Loss of Chinese vessels -- Degraded inhabitants of Malayan peninsula -- Arrival -- Ignorance of heathen -- Custom-house officers -- General view of second visit to Siam -- Supplying Chinese junks with books -- Missionary labors -- Little congregation -- Medical practice -- Condition of some patients -- Conduct of servants -- Convert of Gutzlaff -- Sacred season -- Prince Chaw Fah -- Arrangement with Prince -- Swimming child -- Malayan captives -- Mode of preserving dead -- Superstition in regard to evil spirits, &c. -- Interesting priest -- Most common languages of Siam -- Chinese languages -- Mode of studying -- Last Sabbath service -- Appointment of expounder -- Juthia -- Chantibun -- Note containing baptism of some since...... 319

CHAP. XII. -- Passage to Singapore -- Visit to Rhio -- Description of Rhio -- Death and character of Rev. R. Burn -- Labors at Singapore -- Illness -- Embarkation for England -- Changes at Singapore -- Note...... 331

CHAP. XIII. -- Borneo -- Foreign - settlers -- Aborigines called Dyaks -- Degradation and cruelty -- Passion for human heads -- No celebration without them -- Ideas of religion -- Brutal condition of northern tribes -- Borneo as missionary ground -- Dutch station...... 342

CHAP. XlV. -- Celebes -- Languages -- Religion -- Mandhaar -- Mode of life -- Mamoojoo -- Rajahs -- Pirates -- Missionary station under Netherlands society -- Island of Sooloo -- Mindano -- Palawan...... 351

CHAP. XV. -- Philippine islands -- Spanish possessions -- Extent -- Value -- Inhabitants -- Influence of Catholic priests -- Superstitions...... 360

CHAP. XVI. -- Loo Choo islands -- Number -- Size -- Scenery -- Interesting inhabitants -- Laws -- Language -- Religion -- Gutzlaff's visit -- Importance of having missionary ships...... 367

CHAP. XVII. -- Japan -- Description -- Towns -- Laws -- Language -- Religions -- Labors of Jesuits...... 377

CHAP. XVIII. -- Conclusion -- Talent entrusted to Christians -- United and more vigorous efforts necessary -- Address to ministers on behalf of missions -- zeal of Jesuists -- Students of Theology -- Importance of Colonies -- Address to physicians -- Pious merchants -- Ladies-Wealth -- All classes -- Necessity of co-operation in those at home -- Mothers -- Teachers -- Description of St. Helena -- Visit to Europe...... 398

[The above Table of Contents is presented above exactly as printed]



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