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WEDNESDAY, 12. Call first upon our friend, the Pasha's defterdar, a Christian. He receives us in a most cordial manner, entertained us with narghile, sherbet, coffee, and preserves, etc., in oriental style. Then he introduced his wife, a fine-looking, tall woman, splendidly dressed in figured silk skirt, gold embroidered vest, golden necklace, and golden head-dress, inwrought with precious stones. Express our pleasure at seeing a native Christian lady in a social call at Mosul, far in the East.
We call our wives in America our better half, but Moslems degrade them. Thinks a Moslem would be killed by the people for becoming Christian, but not by the government.
The authorities would execute the murderers. He himself wears the decoration of Mejedie, the first ever conferred on a Christian. Three papal Syrian priests were present, who had been to Rome, and assisted in the entertainment. They spoke Italian.
Then the son of the Pasha sent his Arab horse for us to see. A large iron grey, splendidly formed, strong, a noble creature from the Shummur tribe.
Afterward call upon the Syrian Archbishop, a venerable man with a long, flowing beard, intelligent and affable; received us with great courtesy; says he makes the Bible the only rule of faith,
preaches from the word of God alone; read us one of his sermons in Syriac, beautifully written, on the new heart—except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. sinner came to inquire the way of salvation he would show him the word of God. Thy word is a light to my feet, etc. He seems thoroughly evangelical in his views, and wishes to publish them in a book. The word of God is like a net to catch sinners, and pull them out of their sins. Tell him we hope he will become the Luther of the Syrian church-one-third of his people sympathise with him in these spiritual views—we must walk by the word of God. The heavens and the earth pass away, but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. He is a thorough Bible man. Tell him I am glad to hear that he founds his faith on the word of God. I ask him if he wishes his people to have the Bible in their families, to read and learn the way of salvation. He would rejoice in it, and he himself will distribute and sell the Bible to all who desire it. He wishes Syriac, Arac, and Arabic in Syriac character (gershuni). He prayed that himself and the missionaries may all be one in their spiritual labors for their people, and that the time might soon come when they would preach in each other's pulpits, and partake of the communion of Christ together around the table of Christ. Imme
DR. GRANT'S HOUSE.
diately after he wishes the Dr. Haskell to prescribe for him.
Then call to visit the house of Dr. Grant, now occupied by a Syrian family. The two women are at home, one of them knew Dr. Grant. He had healed her of a disease. The Lord have mercy on him.
The other was very beautiful and dressed in a profusion of gold ornaments, nose jewels, and bracelets and anklets. They were exceeding polite. Saw the room in which Dr. G. died, looking out on the Tigris, with stained glass windows above. (May our last end be like his. See the man who saw his death scene.)
Here is a beautiful view from the house-top over the city. Mr. Laurie and Layard afterward lived here.
Then call upon Mrs. Russan, visit the Protestant school of twenty-seven Syrian boys. Answer Bible questions and one of them read from the Testament very fluently-nine years old. Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Lobdell have a meeting one day in a week, in which the Scriptures are read and explained to them and prayer is offered. The average number of twenty attend, also a Bible class on Sunday of fourteen members. There is also a Bible society organized among the church members, appropriating a fund of a hundred piastres a year for distributing the Scriptures to the poor,
“Ride outside the city walls at the hour of sunset to see the (American) missionary burial-ground. Visit the graves of Drs. Grant and Lobdell, Mr. Laurie, Mrs. Mitchell and Williams, Mr. Hinsdale, and the children of the missionaries who have died here. It is beautifully situated on a slightly elevated ground, one mile from the city, in sight of the gardens, river Tigris, Jonah's tomb, and the snow-crowned mountains of Kurdistan in the distance. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
“THURSDAY, 13. "Have a very pleasant call from the Syrian Archbishop Behnan (Maphrian, see Mosheim). He wishes our assistance to secure justice to one of his Syrian people. We tell him there is an Evangelical Alliance at Constantinople, formed for this very object, and we would be glad to have him a member. Read to him the list of officers, the Dutch ambassador, Bishop Gobat, Mr. Nicolayson. He replies, it is very good, and he will think of it. He says the Papists have much opposed his work. I answer they have also opposed us in circulating the Bible. No Papists are members of this Alliance, only those who receive the Bible as their rule of faith. He
says woe to him that standeth alone, see Jeremiah. We are one if we are born of the Holy Spirit, one in Christ
Jesus. Tell him our desire to introduce the Bible into his school. He will be very thankful to have them. A very excellent, evangelical, intelligent, and interesting Archbishop of the (Oriental) Syrian Church.
“In the evening have a meeting of the teachers of schools, and the boys who go from house to house to teach the natives, both men and women, to read, and instruct them in the Scriptures. A chapter is read in the Bible, questions asked, and an appropriate prayer offered by one of the teachers, and then we both addressed them on the importance of their work.
"FRIDAY, 14. "In the morning the kiljah of the Pasha calls. He is a very affable and courteous man. Tell him that my name originally signified Richter, Judge, cadi in Turkish, and English it is Righter (Daha Dogree). He says, we love you yourself and still more for your name.
I ask him for his name, and its signification. Ismidt (Glory). Tell him I am happy to see that the glory of his name has not departed. His ancestors won glory, and mine justice and right. He was a fine specimen of a complimentary Turkish courtier.
Engages to send us a bourneti and cavasses for our journey in the mountains.
" Then we arrange with our katergio. After