Missionary journals and letters : written during eleven years' residence and travels amongst the Chinese, Siamese, Javanese, Khassias, and other Eastern nations
- Tomlin, J. (Jacob), 1793-1880
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- London: Nisbet, 1844
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- Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Library
- Table of Contents:
- "Chapter I. Observations and Remarks made on the voyage from England to Calcutta, Malacca, and Singapore.""Chapter II. Description of Singapore-Made a British Settlement Raffles, in 1819-Its rapid rise and prosperity-Gathering of many nations there, as exhibited in the census of its population in 1830-Close union of the Lord's servants-Chinese, the most numerous and important class of the native community.""Chapter IV. Two Missionary Excursions to the Tin mines at Lookut and Sungei Hujong.-April and May, 1828.""Chapter V. Letter to a friend on embarking for Siam.-August4th, 1828, embarked with Mr. Gutzlaff on board a chinese junk bound for Siam.-Remarks on the voyage : debasing idolatry of the crew.-Cheerful and grateful feelings on approaching Siam.-Sail up the MEINAM.-Singular interview with the Phra Klang.-Hospitably received, and accommodated with a cottage, by the Portuguese consul.-Abundant and multiplied labours, and good reception amongst the people.-Enemies rise up, especially the Romanists, and endeavour to banish the Lord's servants from the country, but cannot prevail.-Hundreds and thousands of various nations apply for medicine and books.-Commence a close study of the Siamese, and attempt a translation of the New Testament into it.""Chapter VI. More leisure for studying the Siamese.-Translate the Gospel of St. John into that language, and then commence with Luke.-Native helpers in this work.-A translation of our Scriptures and Tracts going on at the same time by the king's order.-Gross blunders of the translators render the books unintelligible to the king, who complains that he can ""neither find head nor tail in the books!""""Chapter VII. The following Sketch of the Mission, during the first six months, was drawn up at the request of Captain Coffin, for our Christian Brethren in America.""Chapter VIII-Two or three pleasing instances of a humble and awakened spirit.-Superstition and fear of the heathen on seeing an eclipse of the moon.-Hing, the able assistant translator deserts.-Considerable progress made in the Siamese translation of the New Testament.-Intercourse with a learned Chinese, and with Siamese priests in the pagodas.-Singular prophecy about an expected Saviour.-An able and bold opponent of idolatry.-Gratitude of a dumb man.-Ancient mysterious inscription deciphered.-Successful surgical operation.-superstitious customs of the Siamese on receiving their annual calendar from China.-Festival of the new year ; scenes at the pagodas.-Bad effects of a sad catastrophe providentially averted.-Awful thunderstorm.""Chapter IX. Two letters from Mr. Gutzlaff, detailing the progress of missionary labours in Siam, and various incidents, subsequent to our separation.""Chapter X. Renewed health on returning to Singapore.-Married, Aug.13, 1829.-Second visit to Batavia with my wife.-Embarked with Mr. Medhurst on a voyage along the Coast of Java, Nov. 14, 1829.-Serious illness and recovery at Samarang : many Chinese there.-Surprise of a Javanese on his first seeing a printed tract in his own language! - Sourbaya and Grissy : hospitality of an aged Christian, Mr. Emde ; primitive Christian simplicity and piety ; various good works undertaken by him and other faithful brethren.-Obtain a free passage, from a Chinese captain, in a Prau sailing to Balli.-Beautiful and varied scenery of the Coast of Java, c. : lofty, rugged volcanic mountains, towards the east end.-Balli.""Chapter XI. Sail from Balli in the Rajah's Prau December 21st.-Singular expedition of Deer in crossing the straits of Balli.-False Alarm of Pirates.-Dangerous Coral Rocks : their beauty, variety, and tints.-Arrive at BANYU WANGI in Java :-Volcanic Mountains.-A few Chinese :-Spiritual wants of the Europeans neglected at the Subordinate Residences.-BANYU WANGI to BATAVIA, 700 miles.-BAJUL MATI to SUMBERWARROW nine miles.-SUMBERWARROW to SALETICUS eleven miles.-Excellent road commences ; open fertile country ; rice, maize, c., people numerous and industrious :-Watch Towers in the fields.-Madurese inhabitants of this part, much inferior to the Javanese.-SALETICUS to PAMEROKAN 18 miles.-Fine and well cultivated country on approaching PAMEROKAN.-PAMEROKAN to BESUKI 18 miles ; delightful and fertile country along the coast ; abundance of corn and fruit ; plantains and mangoes hanging over the road!""Chapter XII. Particulars of an Excursionto Mount Bromo, on the Tenger mountains, in a Letter.---Steeps, and difficulties in ascending these mountains ; joined and escorted by several mountain Chiefs ; villages and gardens at different heights ; pines, and various European plants and flowers.--Lodge the first night at a Cottage in an English garden.---Morning ride over the hills to Bromo.---First glance of this Volcanic Mountain, in the midst of a Sea of Sand!---Singular illusion.---Awe of the Party.---Murmings and smoke ascending, as from the bottomless pit!---Effects of the Eruption on the Vegetation.---Passurwan.---Mr. Mayer kindly shews us the Curiosities of Touban.---Rembang to Samarang, seventy-three miles.---Population, considerable ; many Chinese.---Samaang to Pakalongan, sixty-four miles.---A flat country ; Population, scanty.---Left Books among the Chinamen.---Pakalongan to Cheribon, eighty-eight miles.---Smoke from a lofty-peaked Mountain.---Chinese in Taggal industrious and respectable.-Cheribon to Sumadan, fifty-nine miles.---Turn into the Interior.---A retrospective view of the principal Incidents of the Voyage, and Journey, c. c.""Chapter XII. (sic) Returned from Batavia to Singapore, April 23rd, 1830.-Renewed health and spirits : joined my Brethren in their labours there.-Visits to the junks.-Praus from Camboja : information about that country.-Visits amongst the people on shore.-Assembly of the needy and sick on the sabbath.-Signs of an awakening spirit.-Information about the various tribes in Borneo : barbarity and cruelty of some of their customs.-Obtain important information about Camparand Siak in Sumatra : productions of the country on the Campar river ; extensive trade of its people with Singapore by praus.-pleasing instances of the friendly spirit of the Campar people, and gratitude for Christian Books.-Malays from Borneo, encouraged by the Chinese to receive our books.-Increasing tokens of the Lord's presence and blessing.-God reception on board. Javanese praus, filled with Hadjees, bound for Mecca.-Refreshing labours amongst a crowd of poor sick people.-Books given to the Chiliahs, Javanese, and Malays ; shyness of the latter.-Increasing demand for tracts and scriptures from Jews, Armenians, Tamulians, and Portugese.-Several pleasing instances of the power of Truth.-Contemplating a second voyage to Siam ; encouraging tokens from the Lord.-Cold reception on board a Cochin Chinese Brig ; pleasing contrast in the reception from the Chinese on board of Hainam Junks.-Mild and docile spirit of a noble Arab in search of the truth.""Chapter XIII. (sic) Embarked on a second voyage to Siam with Mr. Abeel June 17, and arrived at Bangkok, July 2, 1831.-Our Siamese tract given to two Princes. c.-Sabbath Service in Chinese.-Labours amongst the Sick-Many Talapoins and others inquire for the tract.-Refreshing season from the Lord.-Hyprocrisy and the craft of a Chinese assistant revealed.-Siamese, Burmese, and Malays, eager for books ; encouraging tokens amongst the Chinese.-The Lord's servants stirred up in spirit on behalf of the Talapoins, who number 10,000 in Bangkok!-Visits of two young Princes, Lin La Rat, and Chaon Fa, who wish to learn English.-A polite and intelligent Talapoin calls, and puts many sensible and important questions about the Divine Trinity, our redemption, sanctification, and resurrection, c.-The Lord's servants resolve to deliver a faithful and open testimony against idolatry.-Awakenings and fears of Hom, a simple-minded Burman, an Assistant teacher.-Siamese visitors from a remote part.-Head Talapoin of the Phraklang's Pagoda presents a letter of introduction from Gutzlaff : reads the New Testament with us.-Controversy with one of our teachers, Chaon Bun, a learned Cambojan ; and proud bigoted Budhist.-Progress of our amiable pupil, the chief Talapoin : his pertinent remarks, and questions.-Increase of worshippers on Sabbath, c.""Chapter XIV. (sic) Mournful and consolatary tidings from my family.-Our servants, and others, growing in the knowledge of Jesus.-Progress of our pupil, the Talapoin.-Danger of half awakened and half instructed Idolators mingling superstitious practices with the Worship of God :-The spirit of the Gospel directly opposed to the pride and self-righteousness of the Confucian Philosophy.-Rambles about the city ; visits to the pagodas ; conversations and discussions with the Talapoins and others :-Unexpectedly meet with a friend and advocate of the Truth in a pagoda.""Chapter XIV. (sic) Passage through the Sunderbunds to the Khassia hills.-Mode of ascending the mountains.-Cherrapunji : sudden change to a cool climate.-Three principal tribes : the Khassias, Garrows, and Jynteahs.-The Khassias a brave people, and skilful archers ; subjugated by the British.-These mountaineers contrasted with the timid and crouching Hindoos :-Ignorant and superstitious, but without idols, temples, and priests ; and open to instruction.-Missionary efforts.-Their villages, population, chiefs.-Equipments, and feats of archery.-Further particulars about the mountains and their singular inhabitants, in extracts from letters :-Travelling across the mountains ; scenery ; valley of Assam, Himalayan mountains, and plains of Bengal, c. erected on these mountains : origin doubtful : Query, Israelitish origin?"