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PRESTON Charles Finney, missionary, born in Antwerp. New York, 26 July, 1829: died in Hong Kong, China, 17 July, 1877. He was graduated at Union in 1850, and at Princeton theological seminary in 1853. In June of that year he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Albany, and he was ordained by the same presbytery on 14 November. He was then commissioned missionary to China by the Presbyterian board of foreign missions, and reached Hong Kong in May, 1854. Proceeding to Canton he spent two years in that city studying the language, and during the Chinese war was in Macao. In November, 1858, he returned to Canton, and soon built a chapel from funds raised chiefly by his own efforts, where he preached until his last illness. He was also tile stated supply of the 2d native Presbyterian church in Canton from 1872, and likewise preached regularly in the chapel of the Medical missionary society. Mr. Preston devoted much time to the translation of the New Testament into the Canton vernacular; he prepared a hymn-book in Chinese, and wrote many valuable articles and treatises, besides giving theological instruction to native evangelists.
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