程直 My nephew was ready to sail about the beginning of January 1694-5;and I, with my man Friday, went on board, in the Downs, the 8th;having, besides that sloop which I mentioned above, a veryconsiderable cargo of all kinds of necessary things for my colony,which, if I did not find in good condition, I resolved to leave so.
播腾"Sir," says he, "asking your pardon for such freedom, you are rightin this, that, it being done in your absence, you could not becharged with that part of the crime; but, I beseech you, flatternot yourself that you are not, therefore, under an obligation to doyour utmost now to put an end to it. You should legally andeffectually marry them; and as, sir, my way of marrying may not beeasy to reconcile them to, though it will be effectual, even byyour own laws, so your way may be as well before God, and as validamong men. I mean by a written contract signed by both man andwoman, and by all the witnesses present, which all the laws ofEurope would decree to be valid."cba赛程直播腾讯程直
播腾I was amazed to see so much true piety, and so much sincerity ofzeal, besides the unusual impartiality in his discourse as to hisown party or church, and such true warmth for preserving peoplethat he had no knowledge of or relation to from transgressing thelaws of God. But recollecting what he had said of marrying them bya written contract, which I knew he would stand to, I returned itback upon him, and told him I granted all that he had said to bejust, and on his part very kind; that I would discourse with themen upon the point now, when I came to them; and I knew no reasonwhy they should scruple to let him marry them all, which I knewwell enough would be granted to be as authentic and valid inEngland as if they were married by one of our own clergymen.程直cba赛程直播腾讯播腾I then pressed him to tell me what was the second complaint whichhe had to make, acknowledging that I was very much his debtor forthe first, and thanking him heartily for it. He told me he woulduse the same freedom and plainness in the second, and hoped I wouldtake it as well; and this was, that notwithstanding these Englishsubjects of mine, as he called them, had lived with these womenalmost seven years, had taught them to speak English, and even toread it, and that they were, as he perceived, women of tolerableunderstanding, and capable of instruction, yet they had not, tothis hour, taught them anything of the Christian religion - no, notso much as to know there was a God, or a worship, or in what mannerGod was to be served, or that their own idolatry, and worshippingthey knew not whom, was false and absurd. This he said was anunaccountable neglect, and what God would certainly call them toaccount for, and perhaps at last take the work out of their hands.He spoke this very affectionately and warmly.程直播腾"I am persuaded," says he, "had those men lived in the savagecountry whence their wives came, the savages would have taken morepains to have brought them to be idolaters, and to worship thedevil, than any of these men, so far as I can see, have taken withthem to teach the knowledge of the true God. Now, sir," said he,"though I do not acknowledge your religion, or you mine, yet wewould be glad to see the devil's servants and the subjects of hiskingdom taught to know religion; and that they might, at least,hear of God and a Redeemer, and the resurrection, and of a futurestate - things which we all believe; that they might, at least, beso much nearer coming into the bosom of the true Church than theyare now in the public profession of idolatry and devil-worship."
程直播腾I could hold no longer: I took him in my arms and embraced himeagerly. "How far," said I to him, "have I been from understandingthe most essential part of a Christian, viz. to love the interestof the Christian Church, and the good of other men's souls! Iscarce have known what belongs to the being a Christian." - "Oh,sir! do not say so," replied he; "this thing is not your fault." -"No," said I; "but why did I never lay it to heart as well as you?"- "It is not too late yet," said he; "be not too forward to condemnyourself." - "But what can be done now?" said I: "you see I amgoing away." - "Will you give me leave to talk with these poor menabout it?" - "Yes, with all my heart," said I: "and oblige them togive heed to what you say too." - "As to that," said he, "we mustleave them to the mercy of Christ; but it is your business toassist them, encourage them, and instruct them; and if you give meleave, and God His blessing, I do not doubt but the poor ignorantsouls shall be brought home to the great circle of Christianity, ifnot into the particular faith we all embrace, and that even whileyou stay here." Upon this I said, "I shall not only give youleave, but give you a thousand thanks for it."程直I was now, as near as I can compute, in the heart of China, aboutthirty degrees north of the line, for we were returned from Nankin.I had indeed a mind to see the city of Pekin, which I had heard somuch of, and Father Simon importuned me daily to do it. At lengthhis time of going away being set, and the other missionary who wasto go with him being arrived from Macao, it was necessary that weshould resolve either to go or not; so I referred it to my partner,and left it wholly to his choice, who at length resolved it in theaffirmative, and we prepared for our journey. We set out with verygood advantage as to finding the way; for we got leave to travel inthe retinue of one of their mandarins, a kind of viceroy orprincipal magistrate in the province where they reside, and whotake great state upon them, travelling with great attendance, andgreat homage from the people, who are sometimes greatlyimpoverished by them, being obliged to furnish provisions for themand all their attendants in their journeys. I particularlyobserved in our travelling with his baggage, that though wereceived sufficient provisions both for ourselves and our horsesfrom the country, as belonging to the mandarin, yet we were obligedto pay for everything we had, after the market price of thecountry, and the mandarin's steward collected it duly from us.Thus our travelling in the retinue of the mandarin, though it was agreat act of kindness, was not such a mighty favour to us, but wasa great advantage to him, considering there were above thirty otherpeople travelled in the same manner besides us, under theprotection of his retinue; for the country furnished all theprovisions for nothing to him, and yet he took our money for them.详情