Reception To The Centenary Missionary Conference: April 27Th, 1907 (Classic Reprint).pdf
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To promote the general information and enlightenment of grown-up Chinese, lectures are given on topics of the day. Books and pamphlets are issued through the Commercial Press, containing the results of classwork and lectures. As opportunity arises, lectures are given at other centres. Relations with Chinese officials in Peking and the province are maintained by correspondence, calls, informal lunches and more formal banquets and receptions. A beginning has been made with a library and exhibit hall. The personal factor is emphasized in the influence to be exerted.
Opportunity. - By the work already done, even before the erection of buildings, the Institute with its distinctive aim has become known throughout the Empire. The Imperial Board of Foreign Affairs gave its sanction as early as 1897, consulting in person with the Director of the Institute, and sending its official document to him direct. Chinese have contributed largely. As many as eight Viceroys and Governors have been among the donors. The site of the Institute, now valued at some (gold) $35,000 was purchased by the Chinese. One building, costing over (gold) $5,000, was partly through Chinese gifts. The main hall, still to be erected, contains Chinese contributors. To other funds Chinese have contributed approximately (gold) $5,000. They have shown their interest and good-will. With suitable quarters, for both the social and educational aspects of the work, a large number of Chinese would come under the influence of the Institute and would become the friends of the foreigner. The foreigner, too, would become more friendly to the Chinese. The Institute, by being already in contact with educated Chinese throughout the Empire, could easily bring influences for good to bear on an increasingly large number. The Institute would secure Imperial recognition, if the plant corresponded in importance with the plan to be memorialised to the Throne. This is just the time for just such work, as the Institute is incorporated to do.
Incorporation. To secure a legal basis to the Institute, it was incorporated under the Ordinances of the British Colony of Hongkong in December, 1905.
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