A History of American Baptist Missions in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America

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CHAPTER II.

Messrs. Judson and Rice at Serampore. -- The Difficulties they Encounter. -- Mr. and Mrs. Judson settle at Rangoon. -- Mr. Rice returns to America.-- Interest awakened in the Churches here. -- Formation of a Society for Propagating the Gospel in India. -- A Meeting of Delegates proposed.

THE establishment of Mr. and Mrs. Judson in Burmah and the enlistment of the American Baptists in the support of their mission, it has been often observed, were brought about by a train of events of the most remarkable and providential character. No human wisdom or foresight selected the field in which were to be put forth their earliest labors, and no spontaneous charity furnished the means which were to constitute their support. The honor of commencing the missions of the American Baptists, let it be confessed, is to be ascribed rather to the divine Head of the Church, than to any leading movement or agency of the denomination itself. The way was prepared and the field was opened by God alone, and it only remained for true-hearted men to enter in and prosecute the noble work to which they had thus been summoned.

The little band of American missionaries had arrived on the shores of India; but here they were destined to meet with privations and discouragements such as might well have appalled any but the most resolute faith, in that early infancy of the missionary enterprise. The country to which they had come was under the government of the British East India Company, whose Directors and Agents were at that time unfriendly to the introduction of Christianity among the nations of the East, and who, at all events, were determined not to endure within their jurisdiction the presence of missionaries from America. Mr. and Mrs. Judson and Mr. Rice were at Serampore, where they were enjoying the hospitality of Dr. Carey and his associates of the English Baptist Mission. While here, they suddenly received an order from the government requiring them immediately to repair to Calcutta. On presenting themselves at the Govern-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • CERTIFICATE. iii
  • PREFACE. v
  • Contents vii
  • MISSIONS IN BURMAH. 1
  • Chapter II 8
  • Chapter III 17
  • Chapter IV 24
  • Chapter V 35
  • Chapter VI 45
  • Chapter VII 56
  • Chapter VIII 66
  • Chapter IX 79
  • Chapter X 91
  • Chapter XI 104
  • Chapter XII 114
  • Chapter XIII 133
  • Chapter XIV 150
  • Chapter XV 173
  • MISSIONS IN SIAM AND CHINA. 187
  • MISSION IN ASSAM. 210
  • MISSION AMONG THE TELOOGOOS. 228
  • MISSION IN WESTERN AFRICA. 243
  • MISSION IN FRANCE 265
  • MISSION IN GERMANY AND DENMARK. - CHAPTER XXI. 278
  • MISSION IN GREECE. 299
  • MISSIONS AMONG THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA. 313
  • Chapter XXIV 330
  • APPENDIX. 349
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