Stock ID #177849 The Sister Martyrs of Ku Cheng: Memoirs and Letters of Eleanor and Elizabeth Saunders ["Nellie" and "Topsy"] of Melbourne. D. M. BERRY.
The Sister Martyrs of Ku Cheng: Memoirs and Letters of Eleanor and Elizabeth Saunders ["Nellie" and "Topsy"] of Melbourne.

The Sister Martyrs of Ku Cheng: Memoirs and Letters of Eleanor and Elizabeth Saunders ["Nellie" and "Topsy"] of Melbourne.

Melbourne. Melville, Mullen & Slade. 1895. First Edition. Stock ID #177849

Map of Fuh-Kien Province in the text, black and white photographic portrait frontispiece and 8 full-page illustrations with tissue guards, xii + 320pp,original dark green decorative cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dark green endpapers, head & tail of spine & corners rubbed at extremities, corners bumped, a few small chips from carelessly opened pages but overall a clean, firm and handsome Victorian binding. 18.5 x 12cm.

'In 1889, the founder of the China Inland Mission, Mr. Hudson Taylor, and his assistant Mr. Beauchamp, made a visit to Australia, and their account of Gospel work in China so fired the enthusiasm of these ladies, that to go and work in China became the great desire of their hearts and a theme of constant planning and discussion.

The plan, however, did not take definite shape until the visit, in 1891, of Mr. Eugene Stock, Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and with him the Rev. R. Stewart, a devoted and able missionary of sixteen years' experience in China. After consultation with these gentlemen, it was decided that the daughters should at once begin a course of preparation for the work, and that as soon as they were ready the mother, after disposing of her property at " The Willows," should accompany them, with a view to taking care of them, and possibly also of other young lady missionaries, in their work.

Meantime their services were to be offered to the Church Missionary Society, and they were to go out and work at their own expense. Thus they proposed, but God disposed otherwise. The financial depression, which has afflicted Victoria now for about five years, deprived them of the means of working without remuneration, and the utter impossibility of selling or letting "The Willows " upon reasonable terms, made it necessary that the mother should remain at home. Meantime the daughters had been diligently studying for two years; much of their time was spent in the Melbourne Hospital, obtaining a knowledge of nursing, and theological instruction was given them by Canon Chase, a veteran Melbourne clergyman.' These letters to their mother tell of their life and work in Kucheng. The tragic outcome of this venture is described in detail."

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