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APRIL AND JULY, 1879.
WESLEYAN CONFERENCE OFFICE,
2, CASTLE-STREET, CITY-ROAD;
LONDON QUARTERLY REVIEW.
Art. I.--Records of the General Conference of the Protestant
Missionaries of China, held at Shanghai, Vay 10—24, 1877. Published by the Shanghai Presbyterian Mission Press.
The volume before us contains some twenty or thirty papers read before a Conference of Chinese Missionaries of all Protestant Denominations, at Shanghai in May, 1877. The idea of this gathering had been suggested by the very successful Conference of Indian Missionaries held at Allahabad some five years before, and the subjects treated cover very much the same ground. The striking similarity in the character of the problems discussed at the two Conferences, cannot fail to suggest to the reader the very close affinities existing between the Indian and the Chinese work. The palm of masterly exposition and treatment must, however, be given, we think, to the Allahabad essayists and disputants. Not that we would undervalue the painstaking work in the volume before us, for no one can read it without enhanced interest in Chinese Missions. But Indian questions lend themselves to more fascinating methods of treatment; and Indian Missions from the priority of their establishment, the completeness of their equipments, and the larger number of men who have been drawn into their service have necessarily developed minds of a devotion, a refinement, and a statesmanlike grasp and order of view it would be difficult to match elsewhere.
The subjects of the Shanghai Conference essays comprise, “Native Religions ; Preaching; Medical Missions ; Itineration ; Foot-binding; Work amongst Women; EducaNO. CIII.