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KNOWLTON, Miles Justin, missionary, born in West Wardsborough, Vermont. 8 February, 1825; died in Ning-po, China, 10 September, 1874. He was educated at Madison university, Hamilton, New York, and studied theology at the Hamilton seminary, where he was graduated in 1853. After receiving ordination as a Baptist minister in his native town on 8 October, 1853, he sailed as a missionary with his wife for Ningpo, arriving there in June, 1854. In 1860 he published in Chinese a manual for native preachers, called "Scripture Catechism." He taught a theological class, besides conducting the mission church at Dinghai and two out-stations on the island of Chusan. Several other churches were founded and visited regularly by him during his stay in China. In 1862 he returned to the United States for the restoration of his health, but at the end of eighteen months resumed his missionary labors. In 1869 he made a journey to Pekin and Manchuria, and in 1870 one up the Yangtse Kiang, both of which he described in the "Baptist Missionary Magazine." He received the degree of D. D. from Madison university in 1871. In 1871, while on a visit to the United States, he wrote a prize essay on "China as a Mission Field," and delivered before the faculties and students of theological seminaries a series of lectures that were published under the title of "The Foreign Missionary, his Field, and his Work" (Philadelphia, 1872).
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