Letter from Henry to Mother, March 31, 1884

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Title

Letter from Henry to Mother, March 31, 1884

Subject

Riots; Military occupation; Sermons; Boarding schools

Description

Henry writes to his mother after a notice in the Banner appeared reporting the destruction of Mission and Catholic property at Canton and previously at Shek-Lung. The Mission was compensated, but Henry believes the Catholic church received more for less damage sustained. The French have taken Bacninh and have levied a large tax in compensation for the war, but Henry believes a Chinese victory would have made them "arrogant." Henry says his Boys Boarding School has good attendance. He is pleased to hear Edward tell him about a new sidewalk to church and is sorry to hear his mother lost a cow.

Creator

Noyes, Henry Varnum

Source

The College of Wooster, Special Collections, Noyes Collection, Box #3

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1884-03-31

Contributor

Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Special Collections Grant

Format

PDF

Language

eng (English)

Type

Text

Identifier

noyes_c_cor_790

Coverage

Sino-French War, 1884-1885

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Canton March 31st 1884
My dear Mother
I got your letter and
Edwards by the last mail. I was
in the country when it came but
it was waiting for me on my return.
You both speak of the notice in the
[u] Banner [/u] that Mission property was de-
stroyed in Canton Dec 16th. This was
evidently confounded with the mob
that attacked our Mission Chapel at
[u] Shek-Lung [/u] Dec 16th and also the
Catholic Chapel at the same place
and time. Mr White & Mr Henry were
there at the time, and after the
communion service the crowd got
more & more boisterous until at
length they broke down the doors and
wooden front of the chapel and then
took away all the furniture bedding
& clothes they could find. I went
out then at the close of last month
and received $370 full indemnity
for all the loss. The Catholics have
received over $4000 for theirs which

was greater but I doubt whether the loss was as
much as that. I got back
last Wednesday [--from--] with Mr Damon
to the Heung-Shan district last
Wednesday. We had a good trip. He
found a good many who knew him,
as a great many of those who
go to the Sandwich Islands, go from
that district. I expect to start
day after to-morrow for a trip of
2 weeks or so to visit the stations
at San-Ui & Chik-Horn and the
region round about. The country
seems reasonably quiet notwith-
standing the French have taken
Bacninh. The French now
demand £ 6 000 000 which
is more than $30 000 000 from the
Chinese to pay the expenses of
the war. It is pretty hard to
be robbed and then have to
pay for the robbery but I presume
some compromise will be made
the French will likely agree to

take considerably less and the
Chinese will pay it as I think
they are now convinced that
they are unable to cope with
the French. It seems as
though the French were quite
in the wrong in the matter and
yet if the Chinese had been
able to beat them, I am afraid
it would have made them very
arrogant. They are sufficiently so
now.
Bella and the children are
in usual health. The cool weather
is better than the warm. I do
not know yet whether we shall
go any where for [--the--] a summer vacation. If
we do I think it will be to Macao.
The Kerrs have just returned for
a month's stay there and Dr Kerr
seems some better but I fear
he will over do now he has got
back to the hospital.
Rev Mr Crawford chaplain
on the American Flag Ship Richmond

gave us an excellent sermon
last night. He seems to be a
man very well adapted to his
position and preaches a good
sound gospel, is thoroughly evan-
gelical which cannot be said
of all the ministers we meet out
here, though it can of most of
them.
The Boys Boarding School on
our premises is doing better than
last year, have 16 boarders and
12 day scholars 28 in all and
will probably have more
Edward wrote about the
side-walk to the village. It will
certainly be a great convenience
especially about getting to church.
I hope Em and Mary enjoy their
schools. Am so sorry you lost
that excellent cow. It was too bad
Now I will close as it is almost
dinner time and after dinner I have
other letters to write
Love from us all to you all
Your aff Son, Henry.



广州 1884 年 3 月 31 日
我亲爱的妈妈
我收到了你的信
爱德华兹的最后一封邮件。我曾是
它来的时候在这个国家,但是
它在等我回来。
你们都谈到了通知中的通知
12 月 16 日,宣教财产在广州被毁的横幅。这是
显然与暴徒混淆
袭击了我们的使命教堂
石龙 12 月 16 日
同一地点的天主教堂
和时间。怀特先生和亨利先生是
当时在那里,之后
人群得到的圣餐服务
越来越热闹,直到
他们打破了门,
小教堂的木制前面,然后
拿走了所有的家具床上用品
和他们能找到的衣服。我去了
然后在上个月底
并获得了 370 美元的全额赔偿
对于所有的损失。天主教徒有
他们收到了超过 4000 美元

更大,但我怀疑损失是否为
就这样。我回来了
上周三与达蒙先生
最后到香山区
周三。我们旅途愉快。他
找到很多认识他的人,
作为许多人
去三明治群岛,从
那个区。我期待开始
后天去旅行
2周左右参观车站
在 San-Ui & Chik-Horn 和
区域周围。国家
尽管法国人采取了行动,但似乎相当安静
巴克宁。现在的法国人
需要 6 000 000 英镑
超过 30 000 000 美元
中国人支付的费用
战争。很难
被抢劫然后不得不
为抢劫付钱,但我想
会做出一些妥协
法国人可能会同意

采取相当少和
中国人会按我的想法付钱
他们现在确信
他们无法应付
法国人。好像是
尽管法国人相当
在这件事上的错误和
但如果中国人是
能打败他们,我怕
这会让他们非常
傲慢的。他们足够如此
现在。
贝拉和孩子们
在平时的健康。凉爽的天气
总比温暖好。我愿意
还不知道我们是否会
去任何地方度过一个暑假。如果
我们做我想会去澳门。
科尔人刚刚回来
在那里呆了一个月,Kerr 博士
似乎好一些,但我害怕
他现在已经完成了
回医院。
克劳福德牧师牧师
在美国国旗船里士满

给了我们精彩的布道
昨夜。他似乎是一个
男人很好地适应了他的
定位并宣扬善
纯正的福音,是完全福音派的,不能说
在我们会见的所有部长中
在这里,虽然它可以
他们。
男孩寄宿学校
我们的处所做得比
去年,有 16 个寄宿生和
12 天学者共 28 人
可能会有更多
爱德华写了关于
人行道到村子。它会
肯定是一个很大的方便
尤其是关于去教堂。
我希望 Em 和 Mary 喜欢他们的
学校。很抱歉你输了
那头优秀的母牛。太糟糕了
现在我将关闭,因为它几乎是
晚餐时间,晚餐后我有
其他要写的信
从我们所有人到你们所有人的爱
你的儿子,亨利。

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Noyes, Henry Varnum, “Letter from Henry to Mother, March 31, 1884,” Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women's Education in Nineteenth Century China, accessed July 13, 2024, https://noyesletters.org/items/show/865.

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