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Chinese in California]: Van Kleeck, Robert Boyd: Syle, Edward W.
ARCHIVE OF TWENTY-TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, FROM ROBERT BOYD VAN KLEECK, SECRETARY OF THE DOMESTIC COMMITTEE OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, TO MISSIONARY EDWARD W. SYLE, REGARDING THE FIRST, AND QUITE UNSUCCESSFUL, MISSIONARY EFFORT BY SYLE AMONG CHINESE AMERICANS IN SAN FRANCISCO]
New York, 1856. Twenty-two autograph letters, signed, totaling [42]pp., most docketed on verso. Center vertical fold and one horizontal fold in each letter, mild dust-soiling. Very good. An informative collection of letters from Episcopal Church official R.B. Van Kleeck to Rev. Edward W. Syle, regarding Syle's appointment as missionary to the Chinese population of San Francisco in 1854. The letters relate to the internal politics and procedures of the Episcopal Church's mission activities, the views of the "heathen" Chinese, fears over goverment policies leading to Chinese "Exclusion and Extermination," and the reactions and impressions of Syle's work in California from the church's home base in New York. British-born Edward W. Syle (1817-1890) spent decades as an Episcopal missionary to the Chinese in China and the United States. He arrived in China with the Protestant Episcopal Church Mission as early as 1845. Fleeing the Taiping Rebellion in 1853, Syle next served as Episcopal missionary to the Chinese population in San Francisco in 1855, which is addressed in the present collection of letters. He spent less than two years in California before heading back to Shanghai, where he remained for a long while. He later served in Japan and then Philadelphia and New York in the 1880s, before retiring to London. He passed away there in 1890. For the San Francisco mission project, Syle was actively recruited by the Domestic Committee of the Episcopal Church to minister to "the Chinese in California," specifically the Chinese immigrants living in the Bay Area. Van Kleeck's sec … [Click Below for Full Description]
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