Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672 / An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, emperor of China: delivered by their excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously described by John Nieuhoff; also an epistle of Father John Adams, their antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation; with an appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher; Englished and set forth with their several sculptures by John Ogilby
[Kircher appendix] Chap. III. An interpretation of the Syriack names inscrib'd upon the monument., pp. 335-339 ff.
~(aTHASN>d1VS kKCHE9 'S e only endea-vor that the Matter may come to the knowledge of the Emperor. God pro/per 1 to bis o-wn Glory. Father Francii Hurtade, from the Province of Nancbeu, alfo confirmeth this, nd addeth, "Thatin the fame Year a Paffage was open'd into the new Pro- vinces of the Empire of China, viz. Xenfi, Xanfi, Fobum; which lait is con. terminate with Coucbincbina, and eafily admitteth of Strangers. And thus roceeding fays, "Unto thefe were annexed ten or twelve Lines in Syriack, which I could not Interpret ; alfo the Priviledges granted by the Kings of China to the Priefts of-that Law were adjoin'd. The Verfion was made word for word out of the @inefe Language. There were alfo other Tranf. latioris, but they all agree in the Effential Matters. It is Recorded in the Books of the Kings of Cina, that the Cbrifltan Faith airiv'd amongft the Cbi. hefeS above 994 years fince, and that this Infcriptionwas made 140 years after its entrance. Thus Father Emanuel Dia. But in other Letters of a more later Date,- from Maccao z 1Novemb, 1627. re fin4 it thus written concerning this City : " Some years fince there was found a very long and ancient Writing Engraven on a Stone in the Cbineflan and Cbaldean, or Syrian Language;j from whence it is evident, That the L4, of our Lord and Saviour arriv'd amorigft the Cbinefes about a thoufand years fince, AnOno Dom. 636. Now the Stone was ereled and infcrib'd nno 781. that is a hundred and forty fix years after the Preaching of the Gofpel there, by which a great Converfion unto the Faith was wrought, Churches were built, and Bifhops conflituted. The Kings that Govern'd at that time are reckon'd about eight, whofe Names are exprefs'd in that Stone, and who all of them favor'd the Cbrifians : Now the Preachers of this Lav came out of Palefline, and other adjoiring Places. It cbntaineth the chief Milferies of our Faith, which are manifefl from the Infcription. All which are largely evi- nt from the foremenrtion'd Teftimonies of Father f~oim, Martiniu, and Daniel wrtolus, which were colle&ed from the Study of the Colledge of our Society. ut I think it will be worth our time to produce this Syrian InfcriDtion in the _I7. ,- ,__ .. .. . fame 8trangeilick Chara&ers in which it was exprefs'd in @Iina, together with the Interpretation efpecially feeing the Fathers of our Society in (bina there- fore fent it hither into Europe in a particular Folio, Printed in Cbhinaby the Ma- flers of that Language, for a better Explanation of it : For this being Ex- plain'd, .1 hope it will fo come to pafs, that both the Day, the Names, the Country, and the Offices of the Preachers of the civine Lav, and finally our Defign, will the more evidently be difcover'd. The Infcription of the Syriack Names is twosfold; one of them Sculp'd on the Margin, the other on the Foot of the Monument : And becaufe this latter containeth the Year 'ofits Ere&ion, we fhall begin the Thred of our Expofi- tion from it. The Syrian Infcription is as followeth: Adam Kafifo Ucurapifcupd Upapafi ti Zinflan. Bejume bao dabohotbo lor Hanan Jefua k ataliko Patriarchis. Befanatb alf uItifaain utarten dia vanoie. Mor Ibuz,ad Iafifo 1curapifcupo de Cumdan medinab malcutbo bar nibb napfo Milis J.afifo dmen -Dalebb Medintho Tabburflan Ai Lucbo bono apa diffa bou beb medabarnutho dpbarukan Ucaruzatbon dabbain daluat maicbe dizinio. Adam Mefcbamfcbono !Bar idbuiad Curapbifcopo. May Sargiskal/o, vUcurapcupo Sam uaao Gabriel afifo rrcodia cun*Ur/cb- abito d...umbdan afrag. This
Based on the date of publication, this material is presumed to be in the public domain.| For information on re-use see: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright