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RESIDENCE IN CHINA,
FROM 1829 TO 1833.
A Minister of the Reformed Dutch Church in North-America, and Missionary of the American
Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions to South-Eastern Asia.
ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1834, by LEAVITT, LORD & Co., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.
At a Meeting of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church, held September 13th, 1834, the following resolution was adopted.
The Rev. DAVID ABEEL, having stated that he had in hand a manuscript, consisting of a journal, observations upon the state of society in the East, wants of the heathen, &c.,
Resolved, That this Board forthwith take measures for the publication of said manuscript, under the immediate inspection and agency of Mr. Abeel.
The Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church was organized in 1832, to act in connection and concert with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Its funds are paid over to the General Board, to be directed to such objects as may be specified.
RECOMMENDATORY NOTE OF THE REV. ANDREW REED, D. D.,
LATE DELEGATE TO THE CHURCHES IN THE UNITED
“ The greater part of the following work was read to me while the author was reposing as an invalid under my roof, and I am satisfied that it is not made unnecessary by any existing publications, valuable as those publications
It is indeed my sincere opinion, that it will assist in raising the tone of our missionary journals; that it will contribute, with previous and present efforts, to awaken attention to the claims of China, and of the world; and that it • is therefore to be hailed as an auxiliary to the churches of Christ in the salvation of mankind. That such results may arise from this, and a thousand similar contributions in America and Great Britain, until the idol gods shall be utterly abolished, and the name of Jehovah adored every where, always and for ever, is the earnest prayer of one who deeply believes that these two countries are mainly destined to accomplish this holy and sublime purpose !
“ANDREW REED, "NEW-YORK, October 1, 1834."