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“In a previous letter I informed you, if I mistake not, that the late Tai-ping rebellion was of a two-fold, politico-religious character, and that while they sought the overthrow of the present Tartar dynasty, their chief object both at its beginning and during its progress was the extermination of idolatry.”
“I caused Tai-ping Shan to be fired but thereby I kept troth with Hong Kong.”
“Oh all gods great and small and very small, help this deal to go through and I will endow a new temple, a cathedral, in Tai-ping Shan, he promised, consumed with fervor.”
“The bed was rumpled but a thousand times better than the cot in the room she rented in Tai-ping Shan.”
“The eyesore hillside of Tai-ping Shan that Gordon owns — Gordon Chen, son of my beloved tai-pan — where most of our heathen always lived was a stinking, festering, overcrowded, rat-breeding cauldron for all pestilences, and as much as the authorities cajoled, ordered and insisted, the superstitious inhabitants there disbelieved everything and would do nothing to improve their lot, though the deaths continued and continued.”
“If you asked me, the date of the Tai-ping Rebellion”
“The great Tai-ping rebellion had been raging for some months.”
“In 1853 the Chang-mau rebels (Tai-ping) took possession of Nan-king, then of Shanghai, but abandoned the latter in 1854.”
“It began after a conquering army had made terms of peace in her capital, and with the Tai-ping rebellion in full swing of success ....”
“When I entered the dimly lighted room she was sitting in the midst of a group of women and girls -- patients in the hospital -- who listened with bated breath as she told them of the horrors of the Tai-ping rebellion.”
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