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Title: The Burmese Empire a Hundred Years Ago
Date of publication: 1893
Description/subject: First published: 1833....CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION; LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL WORKS REFERRED TO; PREFACE BY MR. JARDINE; PREFACE BY CARDINAL WISEMAN; DESCRIPTION OF THE BURMESE EMPIRE... BURMESE COSMOGRAPHY: I. Of the Measures and Divisions of Time commonly used in the Sacred Burmese Books; II. Of the World and its Parts; III. Of the Beings that live in this World, of their Felicity or Misery, and of the Duration of their Life; IV. Of the States of Punishment; V. Of the Destruction and Reproduction of the World; VI. Of the Inhabitants of the Burmese Empire.... BURMESE HISTORY: VII. Origin of the Burmese Nation and Monarchy; VIII. Abridgment of the Burmese Annals, called Maharazven; IX. Of the present Royal Family, and of the Principal Events that have taken place under the Reigning Dynasty.... CONSTITUTION OF THE BURMESE EMPIRE: X. Of the Emperor, and of his White Elephants; XI. Officers of State and of the Household, Tribunals, and Administration of Justice; XII. Revenue and Taxes; XIII. Army and Military Discipline.... RELIGION OF THE BURMESE: XIV. The Laws of Godama; XV. Of the Talapoins; XVI. The Sermons of Godama; XVII. Superstitions of the Burmese.... MORAL AND PHYSICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE BURMESE EMPIRE: XVIII. Character of the Burmese; XIX. Manners and Customs of the Burmese; XX. Literature and Sciences of the Burmese; XXI. Natural Productions of the Burmese Empire; XXII. Calendar of the Burmese. Climate and Seasons of the Burmese Empire; XXIII. Of the Currency and Commerce of the Burmese Empire.... BURMESE CODE: XXIV. Abstract of the Burmese Code entitled Damasat; or the Golden Rule
Author/creator: Father Vincenzo Sangermano
Language: English
Source/publisher: Archibald Constable & Co.
Format/size: pdf (6MB-OBL version)
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2010


Title: The gospel in Burmah: the story of its introduction and marvelous progress among the Burmese and Karens
Date of publication: 1860
Description/subject: Subjects: Missions Burma Missions, American History / Asia / Southeast Asia... CHAPTER I. Establishment of the American Board of Missions; the Missionaries reach India; Mission commenced in Rangoon; the first Convert, Moung Nan; unsuccessful Visit to Ava; first Burmese War; heroism and death of Mrs. Judson. Pages 19-36 CHAPTER II. The first Karen Convert, Ko-tha byu; Visit to the Karens of Dongyan; their Desire for God's Book; the Karen Alphabet formed; Earen Mission in Ta- voy; singular Worship of an unknown Book; L abors, success, and illness of Mr. Boardman; Enquirers and Converts; Mr. Boardman's Death. Tages 36-52 CHAPTER in. Arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Mason at Tavoy; Mrs. Boardman's excellent schools; the Sgau Karens and their chief; Mrs. Mason's classes and schools; Mrs. Helen Mason's illness and death; her habits of devotion. Pages 53-66 CHAPTER IV. Ko-thah-a, a distinguished Burman Convert, baptized and ordained; the Rangoon Mission re-established; translation of the Burman Scriptures; crowds of Visitors from the Interior; Mr. Wade at Mergui; Labors of Mr. Kincaid: (3) his journey to Ava; Persecution of the Burman Converts in Pegu; Bap- tisms at Maubee; the Christian Governor of Bassein; enlargement of the Mission; Mr. Kincaid's Journey beyond Ava; his perils and deliverance. Pages 67-82 CHAPTER V. The Mission in Arracan; its commencement and early growth; death and char- actejof Ko-thah-byu; Mr. Abbott at Sandoway; immigration of Christian Karens, driven by persecution from Burmah; death of Mrs.Abbott; Akyab; the Mountain Chief; trials of the Mission; Death of Missionaries; " Six Men for Arracan;" Review of the various Missions in Burmah. Pages 83-94 CHAPTER VI. Illness of the Judsons; the Burmese Dictionary; Mrs. Judson's Works; her Missionary Labors; Mrs. Judson's illness, voyage, and death; Dr. Judson's return; progress among the Kemmees;vain attempt to re establish the Rangoon Mission; last illness, death, and character of Dr. Judson. Pages 95-108 CHAPTER VII. Nomination of Native Pastors; Wah Dee; the village of Thay Rau; Native Labors; Pastors in Tavoy; Tavoy Association; its rules of conduct and of worship; Persecution in Pegu; Martyrdom of Thagua; Progress in Bas- sein; wonderful history of Myat Kyau; his labors, character, and death. Pages 109-127 CHAPTER VIII. Return to Rangoon; Visit from a Priest; Trials of the Karen Converts; Visit to a Monastery; War with the English; conduct of the Governor; his con- sternation; message from the Commodore; the Governor consults Mr. Kin- caid; tyranny of the Governor; disorders in the city; arrival of the new Governor; the English deputation insulted; the King's ship captured: the English retire; Battle of the Stockades; interview of the Missionaries with Lord Dalhousie; Pegu annexed; Prospects of the future. Pages 128-151 CHAPTER IX. The Tenasserim Provinces; Matah; a Sabbath at Matah; the teachers Klana and Kolapau; Mrs. Mason's journey to Longpung; thence to Chongquait and its heathen people; Visit to Falatot; discussions with the heathen; results of the journey. Pages 152-170 [merged small][ocr errors] CHAPTER X. Mr. Ingall's labors at Rangoon; progress there; a strange Blacksmith; numerous Converts; the History of Moung Shway Fau; his conversion and baptism; Ko-thah-a and Mau Sa; Peace under the English rule; Mr. Ingalls' last journey, illness and death; Losses in the Mission. Pages 171-194 CHAPTER XI. Dr. Mason's first journey to Toungoo; the town of■'Shwaygyeen; death of the first Mrs. Harris; the city of Toungoo; its important position; the Mission commenced; Visit from the Taubeah Chief; Thako Mosha; the Chiefs Verses; Visit from a Toungoo Lady; Conversation with her; Visits from other Ladies; their religious difficulties; their anxiety to learn; zeal of A Shapau. Pages 195-211 CHAPTER XII. The history of Sau Quala; his parents; his boyhood; his conversion; his Mother's conversion, and death; residence with his brother; their earnest studies; his public profession; his first efforts for others; he is present at Mr. Board- man's death; studies under Dr. Mason and Dr. Judson; collects the Karen Traditions; and assists in the translation of the Bible; writes Karen books; his marriage; his preaching and discussions; his frequent journeys; he becomes a pastor; progress among the Karens in the Tenasserim Province; Dr. Mason's opinion of Sau Quala; Revivals at Pyeekhya and Kewville; Quala is ordained; Story of Dumoo; Dumoo and Quala set off for Toun- goo; Quala's marvellous successs; his devoted labors; offer of Government employ; the offer declined. Pages 212-245 CHAPTER XIII. Sau Quala and his assistants; earnest spirit of these native Missionaries; Mr. Whitaker at Toungoo; Mr. and Mrs. Harris at Shwaygyeen; Death of Mrs. Harris; remarkable progress at Toungoo; earnestness of the people; Pwaipau's success; Dr. Mason's return; jungle travelling; his visit to the mountain Churches; support of the native teachers; the Bghai Association of Churches; number of the Converts and their families; ability of the Preachers; extraordinary liberality of the Churches; marvellous progress; the Bghai tribes; their ancient feuds; the independent Bghais; Border tribes; Much land to be possessed; Shapau's success; Mrs. Mason at Toungoo;the Female Normal School founded; its plan; the first scholars; letters from [blocks in formation] the people promising to support it; lawlessness of the tribes; Quala's letter;letter to the American Churches; progress of the Normal School; the teacher Sauka; his visit to the Sgaus; lawlessness of the tribes; many become Christians; murders among them; blood - revenge; Pwaipau ordained in Toungoo; his history; enquiries of the young teachers; Shapau ordained; wide doors of usefulness; Mrs. Mason visits the jungles; goes into the mountains; Mopgha house; timber collected; Christian village at Toungoo; Bghai public spirit; their improved manners; report of the Toungoo Mission for 1857; statistics; contributions. Pages 24C-2S4 CHAPTER XIV. Position of the Missionaries: Tavot native Pastors; the origin of evil illustrated; a Karen convert; disappearance of the Priests; a Bunnan village: Maul- Hain; the Theological Seminary; the Karen Churches: Shwatgteen: Bassein; Report of the Karen Churches; their liberality; desire for the Bible; grounds of discouragement; the Burmans of Bassein; the northern Karens; native Missionaries sent to them: Henthada; progress made; native assistants; the Henthada Normal School; increase of Converts: Pbohe; conversion of a young Burman priest; general progress in the district: Rangoon; the Burman preacher, Moung-thet-nau; his conversion and baptism; death of Mr. Vinton; his numerous Churches; growth of the Mission; openings for usefulness, and his earnest appeals; his character, influence, and zealous labors; his last journey, illness, and sudden death; mourning of the Karens; conclusion; Apostolic preaching, plans, and pre- cedents, followed by Apostolic success. Pages 295-332
Author/creator: Mrs. Macleod Wylie
Language: English
Source/publisher: Sheldon & Co.
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://books.google.com/books/download/The_gospel_in_Burmah.pdf?id=fLRFAAAAIAAJ&output=pdf&...
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2010


Title: Rivers in the desert, or, Missionn-scenes in Burmah
Date of publication: 1858
Description/subject: "...The following Memoir of the Burmah Mission has been prepared at the suggestion of various friends, who, on account of the Mission's extraordinary results, desiderated such a brief but comprehensive narrative of its workers and work as might stimulate the Church of Christ, in these portentous days, to fresh zeal and faith in winning souls. The materials of the Memoir lie scattered over a variety of publications; such as the Lives of Dr. Judson, of Boardman, of Ann Judson, of Ko-thah-byoo, of Sarah Judson, and of Emily Judson; "the Church Missionary Intelligencer;" " the Missionary Magazine of the American Board of Missions;" and sundry other works. It has been the Author's aim to weave the varied fragments into one connected whole..."
Author/creator: John Baillie
Language: English
Source/publisher: Seeley, Jackson and Halliday
Format/size: pdf (6.38)
Alternate URLs: http://books.google.com/books/download/Rivers_in_the_desert_or_Mission_scenes_i.pdf?id=s0AAAAAAMAAJ...
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2010


Title: Memoir of Ann H. Judson: Missionary to Burmah
Date of publication: 1846
Description/subject: CHAPTER I.Mrs. Judson's Birth,Education, and Conversion... CHAPTER IT.Mrs. Judson's Connexion with Mr. Judson,... CHAPTER III Embarkation -- Voyage -- Arrival in Calcutta... CHAPTER IV.Difficulties with the Bengal Government -- Mr. and Mrs. Judson and Mr. Riee, become Baptists... CHAPTER V.Mr. and Mrs. Judson and Mr. Rice sail for the Isle of France -- Mrs. Newell's Death -- Mr. Rice sails for America -- Mr. and Mrs. J. sail for Madras -- Arrival at Rangoon,... CHAPTER VI.Sketch of the Geography, History, Religion, Language, &tc. of the Burman Empire,... CHAPTER VII.Establishment of the Mission at Rangoon,... CHAPTER VIII .Letters of Mrs. Judson -- Birth aad Death of a Son -- Arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Hough,... CHAPTER IX -- Mr. Judson's Visit to Chittagong -- Persecution of Mr. Hough and his Departure for Bengal -- Return of Mr. Judson -- Arrival of Messrs. Colman and Wheelock,... CHAPTER X.-- Mr. Judson commences Preaching -- First Convert baptized -- Death of Mr. Wheelock,. . CHAPTER XI.-- Visit to Ava -- Unsuccessful Interview with the King... . CHAPTER XII.-- Arrival in Calcutta -- Return to Rangoon -- Dr. Price joins the Mission -- Mrs. Judson sails for America, CHAPTER XIII-- Mrs. Judson's Visit to America -- Mr. Wade joins the Mission -- Sail for Calcutta,... CHAPTER XIV.-- Messrs. Judson and Price visit Ava -- Mrs. Judson and Mr and Mrs. Wade arrive at Rangoon,... CHAPTER XV.-- Mr and Mrs. Judson visit Ava -- War with the British,... CHAPTER XVI.-- Account of the Scenes at Ava during the War,... CHAPTER XVII.-- Narrative continued -- Removal of the Prisoners to Oung-pen-la -- Mrs. Judson follows them -- Release of the Prisoners,... CHAPTER XVIII-- Removal to Amherst -- Mrs. Judson's Death -- Epitaph -- Obituary Lines -- Address to the Ladies of America....N.B. GOOGLE NOTE, PAGES AND COVERS PRECEEDING TITLE PAGE HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE END OF THE TEXT. FOR ORIGINAL ORDER, SEE THE ALTERNATE URL.
Author/creator: James Davis Knowles
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google Books
Format/size: pdf (6.4MB) 374 pages
Alternate URLs: http://books.google.com/books?id=QyI3AAAAMAAJ (13.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 05 April 2008


Title: The Journal of Lovell Ingalls, 1838-1839
Date of publication: 1840
Description/subject: Note: "The following extracts from the journal of Mr. Lovell Ingalls, a member of the American Baptist Mission to Burma are compiled from various entries in different numbers of the Baptist Missionary Magazine (earlier entitled the American Baptist Missionary Magazine). These numbers include issues 19.10 (October 1839), 20.1 (January 1840), and 20.4 (April 1840). The initial entry provides an introduction to Ingalls’ residence: In the autumn of 1838, Mr. Kincaid being desirous to return to his labors at Ava at the earliest favorable period, his place at Mergui was supplied by Mr. Ingalls, who had been designated as a permanent occupant of that station. Mr. Ingalls arrived at Mergui on the 29th of October, accompanied by three assistants." M. W. C.
Author/creator: Lovell Ingalls
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, Autumn 2005,
Format/size: pdf (130K)
Alternate URLs: http://web.archive.org/web/20070930165556/web.soas.ac.uk/burma/3_2.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2010


Title: Missionary Letters from Burma, 1828-1839
Date of publication: 1839
Description/subject: Note: In December 1832, a contingent of American Baptist misisonaries, including Reverend Nathan Brown, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Webb, and Mrs. Webb, departed from Boston to join missionaries already at work in Burma. Five months later, they had only gone as far as Calcutta, from whence they would commence their final sea journey to British Tenasserim and it is from this point that correspondence from Nathan Brown begins. The following letters, sometimes in full and occasionally as extracts, were originally published in the American Baptist Missionary Magazine during the 1830s. M. W. C.
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, Autumn 2005
Format/size: pdf (285K)
Alternate URLs: http://web.archive.org/web/20070930165556/web.soas.ac.uk/burma/3_2.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2010


Title: Memoir of George Dana Boardman: late missionary to Burmah
Date of publication: 1835
Description/subject: CONTENTS: Page. CHAPTER I. Including a sketch of Mr. Boardman's early history. 9 CHAPTER II. Mr. Boardman pursues his studies at Waterville—He indulges a hope in Christ, and makes a profession of religion—The happy state of his mind. 14 CHAPTER m. Waterville college—Mr. Boardman enters it—His progress in study—Graduates, and is appointed tutor. 28 CHAPTER IV. His domestic afflictions—Progress and result of his exercises on the subject of missions—He offers himself to the Board and is accepted—Leaves college. 37 CHAPTER V. He pursues his studies at Andover—Correspondence—His la- bors for the Clarkson Society in Salem—He visits Maine and receives ordination. 57 CHAPTER VI. Mr. Boardman's travels West and South—His marriage, em- barkation, and voyage. 76 CHAPTER VII. Mr. Boardman's arrival and residence at Calcutta—Description of schools and native churches. 89 CHAPTER VIII. Mr. Boardman announces the close of the war with Burmah— He is requested by the English Baptists to remain still longer in Calcutta. 104 CHAPTER IX. Mr. Boardman leaves Calcutta and arrives at Amherst—Estab- lishes a new station at Maulmein—He is in imminent peril of his life, and suffers loss by robbers. 123 CHAPTER X. Mr. Boardman is joined at Maulmein by Messrs. Judson and Wade—He opens a school for boys—Conversation with his two Burman scholars—Review of the past year, and reso- lutions for the future—His letter on the death of Mr. C. Hol- ton—An interesting extract from his diary. 135 CHAPTER XI. The thermometer at Maulmein—Mr. Boardman's religious dis- course with his pupils—Death of Dr. Price—He leaves Maul- mein and establishes a new station at Tavoy—Prospects of the mission at that place. 151 CHAPTER XII. Historical sketch of the Karens—Their apparent readiness to receive the Gospel—Description of Tavoy, with its temples and images. 164 CHAPTER XIII. Uncourteous demeanor of a few natives—Interesting case of a Chinese youth—Hopeful conversions and baptisms—Mr. Boardman's method of spending the Sabbath. 177 CHAPTER XIV. Plan of enlarged operations in the department of native schools —The deified book of the Karens. 191 CHAPTER XV. Mr. Boardman's first tour into the Karen jungle—Baptisms— Visit to the prison in Tavoy—Execution of a bandit. 210 CHAPTER XVI. Voyage of health to Mergui—Description of Mergui—Death of little Sarah—Review of the past year. 297 CHAPTER XVII. Revolt of Tavoy—Mrs. Boardman repairs to Maulmein—Mr, Boardman follows, but soon returns to Tavoy and resumes his labors. 239 CHAPTER XVIII. Dangerous illness of Mrs. Boardman—Visit to the Karen settle- ments south of Tavoy—Mrs. Boardman leaves for Maulmein.»259 CHAPTER XIX His letters to Mrs. B. at Maulmein—Leaves Tavoy to take charge of the station at Maulmein—His health declines— Returns to Tavoy—Success of the mission. 274 CHAPTER XX. Mr. Boardman's last letter to his relatives in America—Mr. and Mrs. Mason join the mission—Mr. Boardman dies amid the mountains of Tavoy. 293 Conclusion CHAPTER XXI.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Gould, Kendall & Lincoln
Format/size: pdf (5.2MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/Memoir_of_George_Dana_Boardman-red.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2010


Title: A Description of the Burmese Empire, Compiled chiefly from Native Documents.
Date of publication: 1833
Description/subject: "The following work was drawn up by F. Sangermano, partly during his residence as a missionary in Ava, and partly after his return to Europe. He was sent out as a missioner in 1782, and in the July of the following year arrived at Rangoon, whence he proceeded directly to the city of Ava. But shortly after he was remanded to Rangoon, which was the scene of his future missionary labours....The following note found among F. Sangermano's papers, after the work was partly translated, indicates the original documents he has principally followed. "1. The Burmese cosmography has been extracted almost entirely from a book expressly composed for the elder brother of the reigning monarch, by a Zarado or master of the Emperor, wherein he succinctly describes the system of the world, as taught by Godama, according to the expositions and opinions of the most celebrated Burmese Doctors. 2. All that is related of the ancient Burmese monarchs, and of the foundation and subsequent history of this kingdom, has been faithfully copied from the Maharazaven, that is, the great history of the kings. 3. In what I have said of the superstitions, astrology, religion, constitutions of the Talapoins, and the sermons of Godama, I have not followed the tales and reports of the common people, but have carefully consulted the classical writings of the Burmese, known by the name of Kiam......PREFACE: Description of the Burmese Empire . 1 Burmese cosmography. CHAP. I. Of the measures and divisions of time commonly used in the sacred Burmese books�. CHAP. II. Of the world and its parts� CHAP. III. Of the beings that live in this world; of their felicity or misery, and of the duration of their life..... CHAP. IV. Of the states of punishment..... CHAP. V. Of the destruction and reproduction of the world�CHAP. VI. Of the inhabitants of the Burmese Empire � BURMESE HISTORY: CHAP. VII. Origin of the Burmese nation and monarchy� CHAP. VIII. Abridgement of the Burmese annals, called Maharasaven�. CHAP. IX. Of the present royal family, and of the principal events that have taken place under the reigning dynasty�CONSTITUTION OF THE BURMESE EMPIRE: CHAP. X. Of the Emperor, and of his white elephants..... CHAP. XI. Officers of state and of the household, tribunals, and administration of justice.... CHAP. XII. Revenues and taxes� CHAP. XIII. Army and military discipline� RELIGION OF THE BURMESE: CHAP. XIV. The laws of Godama� CHAP. XV. Of the Talapoin� CHAP. XVI. The Sermons of Godama� CHAP. XVH. Superstitions of the Burmese� MORAL AND PHYSICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE RURMESE EMPIRE: CHAP. XVIII. Character of the Burmese� CHAP. XIX. Manners and customs of the Burmese .... CHAP. XX. Literature and Sciences of the Burmese ... CHAP. XXI. Natural productions of the Burmese Empire� CHAP. XXII. Calendar of the Burmese. Climate and Seasons of the Burmese Empire� CHAP. XXIII. Of the currency and commerce of the Burmese Empire�BURMESE CODE. CHAP. XXIV. Abstract of the Burmese Code entitled Da-masat, or the golden rule......N.B. THE GOOGLE NOTE, PAGES AND COVERS PRECEEDING THE TITLE PAGE HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE END OF THE TEXT. FOR ORIGINAL ORDER, SEE THE ALTERNATE URL.
Author/creator: Father Vincentius Sangermano, Trans. William Tandy
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google Books
Format/size: pdf (6MB) 224 pages
Alternate URLs: http://books.google.com/books?id=9XJ6TqBfoFIC (pdf 8.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 05 April 2008


Title: JESUIT LETTERS ON PEGU IN THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
Date of publication: 1625
Description/subject: Editor’s Note: In his Haklutus Posthumus or Purchas His Pilgrimes, Samuel Purchas collated a number of Jesuit letters relating to events in India and Southeast Asia under the title of “Indian Observations Gathered out of the Letters of Nicolas Pimenta, Visiter of the Jesuites in India, and of many others of that Societie, Written from divers Indian Regionas; principally relating the Countries and accidents of the Coast of Coromandel, and of Pegu.” The main source cited by Purchas are the letters of Nicolas Pimenta, whose own letters related other letters of Portuguese priests who visited Pegu from 1599, shortly after the fall of Nan-dá-bayin (r. 1581- 1599), the last ruler of the First Taung-ngu Dynasty. Pimenta’s letters and most of these materials appear to have been extracted by Purchas from Padre Fernão Guerreiro’s Jesuit Anual published in the first nine years of the seventeenth century under the title of Relação Annual das Coisas que fizeram os Padres da Companhia de Jesus nas suas Missões… Nos Anos de 1600 a 1609. The following text includes only those materials relevant to Southeast Asia and particularly to Burma. Minor printer’s errors have been corrected. The letters have also been re-sorted chronologically and some paragraph breaks, as well as the section headers, have been added...Voyage to Goa in December 1597... Pimenta’s Relation of Fernandes Letter of January 1599... Pimenta’s Further Observations... Emanuel Carvalius’s Letters from Melaka in January 1599... Boves Letter of March 1600... Pimenta’s Relations of Pegu... Pimenta’s Further Summary of Boves’ and Fernandes’ Letters.
Author/creator: Nicolas Pimenta & Others
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, Autumn 2004
Format/size: pdf (38K)
Alternate URLs: http://web.archive.org/web/20070612024156/web.soas.ac.uk/burma/2_2.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2010