Lot 299: Partly-printed DS, signed "Saml: Miller, President," one page, 20.5 x 16, 1840. Blank certificate which would have been issued for membership in the "Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church," featuring a large and ornate engraving depicting American missionaries departing for exotic lands. Across the top is text in English and Chinese, "This is the word of the Lord, not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, overall wrinkling, and some chipping to edges. Samuel Miller was instrumental in founding the Board of Foreign Missions in 1837; the organization sent its first representatives to China in 1843 and were soon based in Guangzhou, Hainan, Macau, and Shanghai.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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