Journal of a Nine Months' Residence in Siam

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Westley & Davis, 1831 - Missionaries ‡x Correspondence - 151 pages

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Page 152 - The Missionary Gazetteer ; comprising a Geographical and Statistical Account of the Various Stations of the American and Foreign Protestant Missionary Societies of all Denominations, with their Progress in Evangelization and Civilization.
Page 151 - A poll-tax, amounting to about three dollars, is levied upon every Chinaman on first entering the country, and re-collected triennially. This secures to them the privilege of exercising any craft, or following any trade they please, and exempts them from the half-yearly servitude required by the king from every other oriental stranger resident in Siam.
Page 147 - Chinese, and our own enlarged observation bears in its favour, we cannot reject it as incorrect. There are also numerous settlements of Chinese in the interior and along the coast, which a missionary may readily communicate with from this station. The junks passing to and from China, Cochin China, and Hainam every year afford good opportunities of sending the Scriptures and tracts to various parts of the empire and these several places. An average number of 150 of these vessels are thus annually...
Page 103 - His corpse was removed to the place of execution and decapitated, and now hangs on a gibbet by the river side, a little below the city, exposed to the gaze of every stranger entering the country, and left a prey to beasts and birds. It is rumoured that his family will not be put to death, but kept in chains probably during life.'—p. 103. ' The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Page 94 - In the front there is a long row of triangular gibbets, formed by three poles joined at the top, and stretching out at the bottom, to form a stable basis on the ground. A spear rises up from the common joining of the poles a foot or more above them. The king's two principal wives, and his sons, grandsons, &c., amounting in all to fourteen, are to be fixed on these as upon a seat. On the right of the cage is a wooden mortar and pestle to pound the king's children in.
Page 93 - ... described by Mr. Tomlin, who was residing as a missionary at Bankok when they were brought in : — " The king of Laos and his family when taken prisoners, were brought here in chains, and exposed to public view for a fortnight in a large iron cage ! The news of their arrival caused great joy ; the Prah Klang and other high personages were long busied in devising the best mode of torturing and putting them to death.
Page 146 - is so overwhelming as to be sufficient to stamp their own name and character upon the whole, so that a stranger might naturally enough suppose himself in a Chinese, rather than a Siamese city. Indeed, when compared...
Page 108 - fell into loose habits," and was " impatient of the restraints we imposed upon him, especially regarding the Sabbath," and, when his wages ceased, " at last resolved to leave us." Another of these
Page 148 - ... all classes which may be of some advantage to those who come after us ; and considering the timid and suspicious disposition of the Siamese, this will not appear of small moment. Should, however, the present treaty with England be maintained and respected, this, under the blessing and protection of the Most High, will form the best pledge of security to a missionary at Bangkok.
Page 52 - ... directed us to the offering for further satisfaction : on inspecting the tables, we were a little surprised at seeing two tablets, with " Shin Teen " inscribed with golden letters ; and, beneath, an inscription of praise and thanksgiving to Him : thus mixing up, like the Cutheans, the worship of the True God with Idolatry : the owner has been with us once or twice ; and, like many others, has got a few vague notions of the Truth, and is willing to shew some outward respect, at least, to the Lord...

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