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The years from 1807 to 1841 mark the first period in the phase of Protestant missionary enterprise in China. Two distinct sub-periods can be discerned during the first phase. The first of these began with Robert Morrison's arrival in Canton in September of 1807 and ended in early 1830. The second sub-period began with Elijah Coleman Bridgman's arrival and ended in 1841. This chapter traces the development of this Anglo-American benevolent effort to transform the spiritual life of the Chinese in these crucial years in the history of Qing China. It explains how the missionaries attempted to settle in port cities as well as Hongkong and how they dealt with a number of problems before they could establish themselves. The China mission of the latter half of nineteenth century cannot be understood without its missionary actors. The chapter gives biographical sketches of four missionaries of approximately the same time period.

Keywords: Chinese; Elijah Coleman Bridgman; Hongkong; missionary actors; Protestant; Qing China; Robert Morrison; spiritual life



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