Mission in 1877 Letter
by Andrew of Perugia,
3rd Franciscan Bishop to Ancient Zayton (Quanzhou)1326 A.D. ! Jehovah
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Mission in 1877
by Andrew of Perugia,
3rd Franciscan Bishop to Ancient Zayton (Quanzhou)1326 A.D. !
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Home, February 1326
“…through much fatigue and sickness and want, through sundry grievous sufferings and perils by land and sea, plundered even of our habits and tunics, we got at last by God’s grace to the city of Camballech, which is the seat of the Emperor the Great Chan, in the year of our Lord’s incarnation 1308, as well as I can reckon.
“There, after the Archbishop was consecrated…we obtained an Alafa from the emperor for our food and clothing. An Alafa is an allowance for expenses which the emperor grants to the envoys of princes, to orators, to orators, warriors, different kinds of artists, jongleurs, paupers, and all sorts of people of all sorts of conditions. And the sum total of these allowances surpasses the revenue and expenditure of several of the kings of the Latin countries.
to the wealth, splendor, and glory of this great emperor, the vastness
of his dominion, the multitudes of people subject to him, the number and
greatness of his cities, and the constitution of the empire, within which
no man dares to draw a sword against his neighbor, I will say nothing,
because it would be a long matter to write, and would seem incredible
to those who heard it. Even I who am here in the country do hear things
averred of it that I can scarcely believe…
“I caused a convenient and handsome church to be built in a certain grove, quarter of a mile outside the city, with all the offices sufficient for twenty-two friars, and with four apartments such that any one of them is good enough for a church dignitary of any rank. In this place I continue to dwell, living upon the imperial dole before-mentioned… Of this allowance I have spent the greatest part in the construction of the church; and I know none among all the convents of our province to be compared to it in elegance and all other amenities…
“’Tis a fact that in this vast empire there are people of every nation under heaven, and every sect, and all and sundry are allowed to live freely according to their creed. For they hold this opinion, or rather this erroneous view, that everyone can find salvation in their own religion. Howbeit we are at liberty to preach without let or hindrance. Of the Jews and Saracens there are indeed no converts, but many of the idolators are baptized; though in sooth many of the baptized walk not rightly in the path of Christianity….
in the Lord, father, now and ever. Dated at Zayton, A.D. 1326, in the
month of January.”
spellings:these are alternative spellings of Fukien (Fujian)
spellings, as foreigners writing about this place 100 to 150 years ago
did not use standardizes spellings: Fokyen Zayton Zaytun Zaitun
Alternative spellings:these are alternative spellings of Fukien (Fujian) spellings, as foreigners writing about this place 100 to 150 years ago did not use standardizes spellings: Fokyen Zayton Zaytun Zaitun
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