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ay his respects to the venerable brother in the ministry. While there Father Best placed in his hands the old timeworn copy of the Holy Book he had cherished for nearly sixty years. Can we imagine the bishop's feelings on receiving such a token? Probably much the same as the giver's long years before, when he received it and heard its story. John Wesley is credited with the saying, The world is my parish, but John Wesley never dreamed that after one hundred and fifty years in far-away China, young Chinese Christians would place their hands on the identical Book he once used and receive ordination to the Christian ministry, when a bishop of the church he founded holding it out to them, says, Take thou authority to preach the Scriptures. It has been the writer's privilege to meet at various times and places the good man who labored in Medford so long ago. We have no doubt he did his duty here as a citizen or resident during those two years, and sincerely hope he rounds out his
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
, even to the manufacture of Medford rum.Fiske. Critical period of American history. Finally a scheme for a trade with China was worked out by Boston merchants. This was the sending of vessels to the northwest coast and trading with the Indians for the skins of sea otter, which brought a high price in China for use by the mandarins, and bringing back home or to Europe cargoes of silks, china ware, tea and other eastern goods. This trade proved immensely profitable. They set out with a lliant cloths. The total value of ship, outfit and cargo estimated at less than $40,000, and sometimes brought back from China cargoes valued at over $250,000. See Morison's Maritime History of Massachusetts, pp. 58-70. Solid Men of Boston was to protect the merchant vessels by calling attention to the fact that the embargo was extended to the East India and China trade which Great Britain permitted and Napoleon was powerless to prevent. They also claimed that the profits annually o